Academic journal article Language Arts

Blue on Blue

Academic journal article Language Arts

Blue on Blue

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Blue on Blue Written by Dianne White Illustrated by Beth Krommes Beach Lane, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-14424-1267-5

"It's a bright, beautiful, blue-on-blue day, but a storm is on its way, and soon . . . Thunder! Lightening! Raging, roaring! Rain on rain on rain is pouring. Will the sun ever be back?" Together author Dianne White and Caldecott Medalist Beth Krommes, illustrator, engage readers in a poetic, literary, and visual experience in Blue on Blue. The delicate prose and scratchboard-and-watercolor pictures move readers through the textures, sounds, and the unexpected treasures that emerge right before, during, and after, "rain on rain on rain is pouring."

The beauty of nature's rhythms is conveyed through White's paced descriptions of the storm. "Pounding, hounding, noisy-sounding. Dripping, dropping. Never stopping." White's written text is lyrical and meant to be read aloud, again and again. …

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