Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Monthly Challenge- Color My World with Joy


By Janie Reinart
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Summertime is bursting with color from the produce in our gardens to the glorious flowers blooming in our yards. In honor of that rainbow of color our challenge is to write a story using color. Color can be personified or use precise color names to help readers see and feel your story.

Joy hides in pops of color, according to Ingrid Fetel Lee, a Brooklyn-based designer and writer whose work focuses on the way that design affects our health and happiness.
Julia Denos created "an exuberant celebration of all the beauty and color that make up our lives."  Swatch : The Girl Who Loved Color is my new favorite picture book and a copy is in my personal library.


More from the book jacket: 

In a place where color ran wild, there lived a girl who was wilder still. Her name was Swatch, and color was her passion. From brave green to in-between gray to rumble-tumble pink . . . Swatch wanted to collect them all. But colors don’t always like to be tamed. . . .


In our next colorful book, the co-authors Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville tell the story of Mary Blair and how Mary collected and used color her whole life. 




From the book jacket:

Mary Blair lived her life in color: vivid, wild color.From her imaginative childhood to her career as an illustrator, designer, and animator for Walt Disney Studios, Mary wouldn’t play by the rules. At a time when studios wanted to hire men and think in black and white, Mary painted twinkling emerald skies, peach giraffes with tangerine spots, and magenta horses that could fly. 


Our third colorful book is by the poet, Joyce Sidman, who brings the season's to life.

Red Sings from Treetops, a Year in Colors 

by Joyce Sidman




    


Now's your chance to think outside the pallet. Whether you train your color to dance or do magic, sing or surprise you, try coloring your world with joy.

16 comments:

  1. What a lush idea--color and joy. I love color, and that's why the only season I don't like is the colorless one of winter, of white and black, cold and colorless. Love this post and the PB at the bottom about the colors of nature and the seasons.

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    1. Lush is such a great word! Glad you enjoyed the post.

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  2. All great books - and you know how I love SWATCH, Janie! Gotta read the Mary Blair one. And who doesn't love Joyce Sidman? Thanks of the recs.

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  3. Fascinating TED Talk...worth the 13 minute watch.

    Thanks for this post!

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  4. Janie, love your mentor texts & post - color is so central to emotions. Have you seen When I Coloured in the World - available from Tiny Owl Publishing in the UK? The illustrator, Ehsan Abdollahi, is the illustrator in residence at the Edinburgh Book Festival this year.

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    1. Patricia will check it out. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  5. LOVE the color! Rich and lush with urgency and explosions!

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  6. Great post. Loved the Ted talk also. Thank you for the inspiration and book suggestions.

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  7. Beautiful post, Janie :) The colors of the world breathe life into everything-so peaceful. Joyce Sidman is one of my favorite authors. I've not read the story about Mary Blair-need to check that one out. Feeling the joy dear lady!

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  8. As a watercolorist and lover of color, this post is golden! Have only read Joyce's book, so you've given me 2 new ones to search for. Thanks, Janie.

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    1. Yeah! So much fun to have new books to search for.

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