Blue Goose by Nancy Tafuri (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2008)
If you're like me, when there is a week of gray and rainy days to endure, a little bit of color helps brighten the mood! A new arrival from children's book author Nancy Tafuri is just what was needed this week in the Willamette Valley. While Farmer Gray is away, Blue Goose, Red Hen, Yellow Chick, and White Duck join forces to paint their colorless barnyard with vivid colors. The animals each set out to paint alone, but then come together to combine colors and talents for a beautiful new look for the barn. Farmer Gray is certainly pleased with his colorful surprise and Blue Goose knows the perfect way to end the day - painting the night sky blue. This is a great book to introduce colors. Nancy Tafuri is one of my favorite authors/illustrators, espeically for very young audiences. Her clear, bold illustrations and predictable plots are loved by children. For a colorful storytime combine this one with Mouse Paint and Dog's Colorful Day.