Childish Nonsense

Exploring Children's Literature

Blue and More Blue

on April 1, 2013

This week, I re-visited Gathering Blue, the second in Lois Lowry’s Giver series. I got Son, the new installation, for my birthday and wanted to Gathering Bluestart at the beginning.  I love re-reading books, especially ones I really enjoy because you bring different experiences with you each time. I’m also heavily influenced by what’s going on in my life and in the world. Gathering Blue is about a severely physically impaired woman and her unexpected worth to a village. It’s set some time in the future, presumably after a nuclear disaster or two. At this time, I heard a strong voice of the importance of not discounting individuals of helping one another. After hearing Kira’s story, I hope more people will treasure and help each other.


Here is another book I read this week.

On the Move: Mass MigrationsOn the Move

Written by Scotti Cohn

Illustrated by Susan Detwiler

Cohn and Detwiler hit another one out of the park.  Cohn chose such a variety of animals that there is no doubt the reader gets a broad view of migration – a much broader view than one gets from simply thinking about birds flying south for the winter. From caribou to bats to snakes, she touches on them all. Of course, there are also sandhill cranes and chimney swifts. The details Detwiler adds to her gorgeous illustrations make the reader believe she is part of the scene. Carefully, she depicts all parts of the story, including such items as salamander eggs. It’s hard to pick a favorite scene, but it may be a tossup between the gathering of monarch butterflies and the bald eagle finding a large salmon on the move. With the added value of four pages of creative fun, complete with links to teaching materials, this is a wonderful new source.

Reviewed by Sue Poduska

Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2013

Picture book, Animals, Nature.

Paperback, 32 pages

ISBN: 978-1-60718-6168

2 responses to “Blue and More Blue

  1. Great reviews, Sue!

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