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Every Color of Light: A Book About the Sky

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Every Color of Light opens on a lush, green forest in the rain. Illustrated by the masterful Ryoji Arai, the calm is shattered when the wind picks up and lightning cuts the sky. Yet out of this turbulence, the day blooms bright, the flowers open, and raindrops roll and drip down to the forest floor. The sun sets. The moon rises, and in a pool of water we see its reflection ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 23rd 2020 by Enchanted Lion Books
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Every Color of Light takes us right inside a rainstorm. The sky darkens. Rain falls. Lightning. Thunder. The storm is over. The sky brightens. Raindrops fall from leaves. Evening. The moon. Sparkling stars. Falling asleep.

There's an immediacy about this book that is lovely.
Rogue Male
Oct 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book feeling inspired and rejuvenated-- this book isn't so much of a story as it is an artist's representation of nature in different circumstances, like weather and time of day. These paintings are phenomenal, starting with a storm and ending with a peaceful, moonlit night. A quiet and beautiful treasure! ...more
Gabrielle Stoller
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The fact that this book will not be up for a Caldecott Medal (because it was first published in Japan) is a travesty. Because truly, the illustrations of bold brush strokes and an authentic color palette that depicts a piece of land during a thunderstorm....I felt I was THERE! This book isn't just about the is about the surroundings and what a storm can bring...both the harshness and the dawning of a new day. Or the storm breaking. I'm sure there is a metaphor in there somewhere. ...more
This is an extremely beautiful book!!! I really really loved the paintings; I would have loved them probably without the words, honestly? I feel like they gave such a sense of place without any actual location-specific images.
Dec 19, 2020 added it
Gorgeous illustrations, thoughtful and beautiful.
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This picture book explores how weather impacts the sky and its light. Starting with just a pitter patter of rain, the rain steadily grows heavier and louder. Soon the lightning cracks across the sky and thunder booms. Colors swirl in the storm as the wind rises. Just as suddenly, the rain stops and light returns to the sky. Raindrops form crystals in the sunlight. Evening comes, spreading colors across the sky. The white moon rises in the darkening sky. Stars sparkle above, the moon reflected in ...more
Incredibly beautiful picture book about color and light during and after a rain storm. The senses are awakened reading this we hear the pitter patter and crash of the rain, see the brillant colors, feel and hear the wind whipping, see shimmering light after the storm, feel and see the air clearing....etc. Maybe the only sense we don't experience in the story is taste? Might be nice to talk about this after reading. The story ends with falling soundly asleep. Very simple text with a line per page ...more
Annamarie Carlson (she, her)
More a work of art than a story, this gorgeous book takes the reader on a journey through a storm, a sunset, and an evening. Lots of light and color transport the reader into the thunderstorm, practically letting the reader hear the storm through the illustrations. First published in Japan and translated into English.
Dec 17, 2020 added it
Shelves: picture-books
A round of applause for Claudia Bedrick of Enchanted Lion Press. She finds the most interesting, game-changing picture books from around the world and brings them to an American audience. Here's a magnificent example: a Japanese meditation on rain. The text reads like Haiku; the pictures expand the story into Panavision, wide-screen gorgeousness. Such simplicity, such complexity, such beauty! ...more
A beautiful book about color and light during and after a rainstorm. Would be a glorious read sitting on a porch in the rain, and as a way to gently turn a reader's attention to the beauty of the world around us.

Translated from Japanese.
The! Illustrations! I am blown away by how visually beautiful this book is. The illustrations done by Ryōji Arai definitely carry and elevate Hiroshi Osada's poetic words. Honestly, if the book didn't have the illustrations, I wouldn't have enjoyed it nearly as much. ...more
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidlit
This started showing up on “best books” lists for 2020, and I’m happy to say at least one of the lists was not specifically a children’s list. This translation of a Japanese picture book shows the beauty of the sky over the course of a day in a brilliant display of color and light.
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and one of those books your kids will understand because of the lack rather than the plenty.
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A magical, beautiful book.
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Beautifully illustrated picture book that depicts rain/thunderstorms/lightning in a creative way. Look for the smaller details within each page. You will see so much more than you imagined.
James Lopez
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A beautiful poem, and without rhymes. The art is beautifully abstract but still easy to interpret. I've no doubt this might inspire young-children to draw and color works of their own. ...more
Chance Lee
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-it
Dark and smudgy for a book with light in the title.
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
So gorgeous.
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book.
Abby Johnson
With stunning artwork and poetic text, this Japanese import presents a rainstorm and how the forest looks before and after.
Alana "Loni"
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The art in this book is unbelievably beautiful!
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gorgeous. Needs to be held in your hand to fully appreciate the texture and depth of the illustrations.
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Lush paintings and beautiful words.
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The illustrations!
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You are never too old to take five minutes out of your day and read a picture book. Especially one as lovely as "Every Color of Light." ...more
Really arresting illustrations, and lots of opportunities for interactive elements with an audience (sound effects, talking points, etc.).
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a relaxing and artistic meditation on the natural world and how the sky changes with sunrise, a rainfall, dusk, and nighttime.
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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