Blue on Blue

Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster) | ISBN 9781442412675  

December 2014 | Grades K – 3

Join a farming family as they experience the full range of a thrilling seaside thunderstorm—from the wild wind and the very first drops; to the pouring, pouring rain; to the wonderful messy mud after the sun returns!

With gentle, rhyming text and vivid artwork from Caldecott Medal–winning illustrator, Beth Krommes, this sublime depiction of nature’s patterns turns a storm into a celebration.

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Centered on a white-washed New England farmhouse and the fields and ocean that surround it, Krommes’s nostalgic scratchboard and watercolor spreads bring newcomer White’s clipped verse to life. … White’s graceful pacing spreads the energy of the storm across the arc of the story, while Krommes’s primitive folk art gives a sense of the rhythms of life and nature that recur from season to season, year to year. 

redstar Publishers Weekly, starred review

Succinct rhymes, measured and musical, trace the arc of the day, from morning to moontime, with astonishing restraint, grace and fluidity. Words land on readers’ ears with the pleasing, plodding patter of raindrops. Unexpected word choices endow simple poetry with remarkable inflections…”

redstar Kirkus Reviews, starred review

The lines of text are evocative and brief, giving children the opportunity to savor the words. The scratchboard-and-watercolor pictures expand the text… offering more to see on each reading. A joyous, pelting, dripping celebration.

redstar Booklist, starred review

A first-time author and a Caldecott Medalist convey the transformative experience of a rainstorm.

redstar Shelf Awareness, starred review

Rhyming, spare text augments the striking scratchboard and watercolor illustrations. Round shapes and subtle warm colors create a sense of love and safety despite the storm… a strong choice for storytimes and one-on-one sharing.

School Library Journal

“I wish everyone could have a day just like the one portrayed in this wonderful picture book. Just the right amount of text walks the reader through the engaging, richly detailed artwork. It is a day of weather, rollicking, exploring, sunshine, mud, and, of course, the gentle wind down to sleepy time.” —Margaret Brennan Neville, The King’s English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, UT

IndieNext Autumn 2014 Kids’ Indie Next List

Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, 2015


NCSS_NotableSealRP-400x400 National Council for the Social Studies/ Children’s Book Council

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Illustrations by Beth Krommes

Teacher’s Guide

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BLUE on BLUE Teacher’s Guide (pdf)

About the Illustrations

What is Scratchboard?


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