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Blue on Blue

White, Dianne (Author)
Krommes, Beth (Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2014. 48 pages
First published: 2014
ISBN: 9781442412675 (hardcover)
9781442456877 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

In this simple story about a rainstorm, the text is short, rhythmic, rhyming and at times poetic. There is no narrative, but the scenes are detailed and depict a family living on a farm with young children and a collection of animals. As the title suggests, the text points out shifts in colour throughout the day: “Gray on gray./Dark and glooming./Black on black./Storm is looming.”

The illustrations are done in coloured hatching and crosshatching, creating extremely textured scenes. The people and animals are more symbolic than realistic, but the illustrations are engaging for other reasons. Each page contains very little text but countless interesting details that allow the reader to piece together their own narrative.

One page reads: “Pounding, hounding,/noisy sounding./Dripping, dropping./Never stopping.” The illustration shows, among other things, a mother holding a screaming child, a young boy at the table covering his ears, a dog howling, milk dripping from an overturned baby bottle on a highchair, baking supplies on the counter and toys strewn across the kitchen table.

Eventually the rain stops, and the day comes to a close: “Glitter stars,/twinkling light./Black on gold/on silver night.” The final scene shows a whale crashing into rolling waves under a glowing starry sky.

  •  

    Discuss what signs let you know that the weather is about to change. Do you always know that a change is coming? Are you always happy about this change?

  •  

    Take a picture walk of some key illustrations and describe what you see. What do you notice about the colours? How do the colours reflect the mood of the image?

  •  

    Choose something that interests you and that you would like to describe. Create a series of simple drawings that depict your subject. Write words under the images to clarify what we are seeing. Have the words rhyme when possible.

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    Preview weather-related vocabulary (thunder, pouring, streaming, etc.) that will enhance comprehension of the story.

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    Name familiar elements on the cover. Where does the story take place? What do you notice about the weather?

  •  Take a picture walk through some key illustrations and describe what you see. What do you notice about the colours? What does this tell you about the mood of the image?
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    Choose one page and create a colourful short poem (such as a diamante or a haiku). Use some of the words from the story.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To construct his/her identity
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Geography, History and Citizenship