Monday, August 25, 2008

Pick of the Week: In a Blue Room

In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck, illustrated by Tricia Tusa (Harcourt, Inc., 2008)

"In a blue room, Alice bounces, wide-awake past bedtime." This begins the story of a nightgown-clad little girl who just can't fall asleep one night. Mama is set to tuck little Alice into bed, but Alice exclaims that she can only sleep in a blue room. Alice's creative mama brings in a variety of objects to create a soothing room, just right for sleep. In one of the first scenes, when Mama brings in flowers. Alice objects, "And those - aren't - blue," Mama replies, "Ah...but smell."

Young children often have to have things "just right" before you can guarantee their full participation. Parents may recognize their little ones in this story and children will love how the dedication to creating a blue room visually plays out.

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