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A vibrant picture book featuring an irrepressible new character—perfect for fans of The Dot and Beautiful Oops!—from acclaimed illustrator Julia Denos. In a place where color ran wild, there lived a girl who was wilder still. Her name was Swatch, and color was her passion. From brave green to in-between gray to rumble-tumble pink . . . Swatch wanted to collect them all. BuA vibrant picture book featuring an irrepressible new character—perfect for fans of The Dot and Beautiful Oops!—from acclaimed illustrator Julia Denos. In a place where color ran wild, there lived a girl who was wilder still. Her name was Swatch, and color was her passion. From brave green to in-between gray to rumble-tumble pink . . . Swatch wanted to collect them all. But colors don’t always like to be tamed. . . .This is an exuberant celebration of all the beauty and color that make up our lives....

Title : Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color
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ISBN : 9780062366382
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color Reviews

  • Kathryn
    2019-06-09 06:44

    Bought this a while ago based on seeing a lot of really great reviews, and while there is a lot to love, I'm really not comfortable with the instances in which the girl looks to have a cutesy stereotypical headband and warpaint. I teach Native American kids - this book won't be going into my classroom.

  • Laura
    2019-06-01 05:37

    Julia Denos puts on one spectacular color show! Vivid colors spring, swoosh and whirl around this book. From spatters to splashes! The colors soar off the pages and into the room with you as you read. I’ve never seen color used quite this way before. It’s wild! ”Rumble-Tumble Pink rolled through the sky on the heels of outgoing thunderstorms.”The colors redefine themselves! They move on the page in shapes, shades, and personality. Every color pops to life with a story of its own. Yellow’s unsettling mood on the page didn’t sit right with me, but to be honest yellow is my least favorite color. Soooo…that could have been just me. :) As the huge streaks, strokes, and swirls of color claim the glossy white pages as their own, I couldn’t help wondering if colors really can be tamed. Should they be? Swatch is a masterpiece you have to see!Open this book. Let the colors out! ! I dabbled in paints, chalks, and crayons for days after meeting Swatch, the color tamer.Find this book and read it!

  • Michele Knott
    2019-05-27 01:44

    Beautiful picture book - one I need to own! Great for theme and lessons learned.

  • Caitlyn
    2019-06-14 23:28

    I always love Julia Denos. Her illustrations are full of life, and this book is no different. However, I really wish that the character wasn't wearing a headband across her forehead and colored stripes on her cheeks. Felt too much like the current hipster appropriation of Native American imagery that's running rampant.

  • KC
    2019-06-22 05:36

    Swatch loved her colors and when she tried to tangle the yellow, she was quite surprised to what came next...

  • Jamie
    2019-05-31 23:42

    This is a gorgeous book: visually, textually, and conceptually. And it's not full of any of those annoying big words, either! I just love it and wish that I could live inside this book. Seriously.

  • Laura Harrison
    2019-06-03 06:23

    How I love Julia Denos. Beautiful and unique picture book.

  • Margie
    2019-06-16 04:26

    As an educator you are entirely focused with heart, soul and mind every single day of the school year. You are also thinking at the same time of the next year; how you can do things better and what you will need to do to be better. By the time your classroom is closed for the summer, you are up to your eyebrows in plans for the upcoming year. While not a top priority but still necessary is gathering materials for all your hands-on projects. Elementary students really enjoy using crayons. A huge bag, growing bigger by the year, with well-loved stubs of color is a testament to this fact. They love being the first one to open a new box of crayons with sharp points and the cardboard stiff from the lack of being used. (I have to admit to feeling the same way.)It's as if you are opening a door to a world full of possibilities. As teachers and parents know, a blank surface is an invitation to a child with a box of crayons. Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color (Balzar + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, March 15, 2016) written and illustrated by Julia Denos is about a girl who embraces the various hues she sees everywhere every single day.My full recommendation:

  • Courtney Huskisson
    2019-06-17 03:39

    Holey-moley! This book is an incredible work of art. Literally breathtaking; at one particular page-turn I audibly gasped. I realize it's only May - but this is my contender for the Caldecott. Hands-down. Swatch--the color-tamer--is a girl equally as wild as the colors she chases. Each color is it's own unique character with it's own unique personality. And swatch learns that colors with their own unique personality must be allowed to take their own course. The vibrancy of this book explodes off the page and each page is it's own work of art. I heard about this book on the "All The Wonders" podcast. I was skeptical but curious - as I so often am. But I learned the story behind this work is just as beautiful as the story itself. Julia Denos has caught my attention and highest respect with this beautiful work. This is a must-read and a must-buy for your personal library.

  • Rebecca
    2019-06-03 06:26

    This was a lot of fun! Swatch is a little girl who loves color. The book goes from a gentle lesson on the observant life ("In-Between Gray lived on her kitten's leg") to one on letting wild things stay wild. In Swatch's world, colors are riotous swirls with wills of their own. Weirdly, this reminded me of A Corner of White, first in "The Colors of Madeleine" teen series, in which colors have a mind of their own and can attack. That concept was odd in that book, and it's odd here, but if you go with the metaphor and fall into the pictures, you'll be rewarded with something bright and different.

  • Jana
    2019-06-03 03:25

    This book is absolutely wonderful! I love it. This beautiful picture book takes us into the world of Swatch, an amazing little girl who is a color tamer: "She was small, but she was not afraid." She runs, dances, and performs magic with the wildest shades. She spends much of her time hunting the rarest colors. And while she loved the colors and they loved her back, could they be truly magnificent if they were tamed and kept in jars? The illustrations are breathtaking. I think this book would be an awesome companion to "My Blue Is Happy" by Jessica Young.

  • Alicia Evans
    2019-06-26 05:49

    I took this book out to my daycare storytimes this month and it was the most captivating book ever! The kids loved the bright colors as well as the excitement and wonder. It also never got boring for me to read, which is a mark of a good picture book in my opinion. I highly recommend this one. For: storytimes about color and imagination; whimsical readers. Possible red flags: Yellowest Yellow could potentially be scary to some young readers with his sharp teeth and ferocious roar.

  • Carol Mccoy
    2019-06-23 02:41

    I love color! This book is about a little girl's search for colors that she then places in jars to keep for herself. However, when she meets "Yellow" she discovers the true nature of colors and everything changes! This book would be a great gift for a budding artist or anyone who loves color as much as I do :-)

  • Mary Lee
    2019-05-31 04:32

    A colleague asked me just yesterday for resources that demonstrate personification. Here you go -- colors as sentient beings (and a fun girl character who learns a good lesson about not trying to tame what's wild)!

  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
    2019-06-12 01:26

    Something about this one that I loved.

  • Viviane Elbee
    2019-06-03 01:48

    This is a very colorful book. I can see it being used in a preschool class or elementary class right before art time - encouraging kids to use lots of color in fun, messy ways.It could also be used with older elementary school students to discuss personification.This is a quick read so it works for short story times too. Great art - kids may want a re-read just for the art. My kids enjoyed it.Note: Although the main character wears headbands and face paint, I‘m not sure she is Native American, so I would not count this as a diversity read. I think she is just supposed to be a color taming girl in a magical world.

  • Sassy
    2019-06-04 05:26

    This book is GLORIOUS. It's about a little girl who loves color; she's a color tamer. The colors are in "the wild" she hunts them down and captures them. But, the plot doesn't matter. This book is about the illustrations, which primarily consist of swirly, twirly, bursts of color. Text is relatively sparse in comparison and onomatopoeia brings the colors to life. Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhh. I could read this book over and over. So fun. So colorful. Highly recommended for color lovers, imaginative people, and fun lovers everywhere.

  • Jared White
    2019-06-11 23:37

    A joyous feast for the eyes, this book is beautiful and fun. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because it ends a tiny bit clumsily, but it's still a fun story and I think would make a fun read aloud for kindergarten and up. I think it's beautiful and abstract enough that it would even work for an older crowd. All the books this author has illustrated are lovely and a few are more "realistic" looking, too. I especially love Just Being Audrey, which is a short biography about the wonderful Audrey Hepburn.

  • Liz
    2019-06-15 04:36

    A girl cleverly named Swatch loves colors and the possibilities of them. She observes tall over her world and their relationship with each other . She has a sudden idea to catch them in containers like sought after collectible treasures. In the later part of the book each page spread is dedicated to catching a specific color. Young artists will appreciate not only the use of color in this book but how each color is treated like a living, impactful thing.

  • Roben
    2019-06-20 22:51

    Swatch loves colors. In fact, she loves them so much, she decides to collect them in jars. However, when she approaches Yellowest Yellow, she learns that colors don't necessarily want to be captured and collected. Beautiful colors, creative names, and a nice introduction to passion and empathy.

  • Pashi
    2019-06-23 06:49

    Appealed to the young girl I was who loved to draw and paint. Will buy someday for sure. Gorgeous gorgeous colors, wish this could be animated, I know I would cry at its beauty.

  • Jj
    2019-06-21 00:23

    Hmmm. Well, I love the IDEAS and IMAGES here. Two stars for story and text, three stars for illustrations.

  • Amber
    2019-06-21 04:39

    Visually beautiful, but the story didn't make much sense...

  • Leona
    2019-06-16 05:33

    loved how swatch learned to be respectful of the colors! great starting point for parents to discuss considering the feeling of pets and friends while not tamping down a child's unbridled passion.

  • Miss Sarah
    2019-06-23 22:44

    A little girl has a way with colors and when she calls them they come and she puts them in a jar. But what happens when one color(yellow) refuses to come. Toddler and up.

  • Kenson Dickey
    2019-06-19 04:33

    I like color too. i thought the paintings were pretty cool. i really liked the yellow color in the end. i'm sad though because i wanted to paint at preschool, and i didn't get too.

  • Bekka
    2019-05-29 05:52

    A fun story for slightly older kids. It has a nice message about letting things be wild and free.

  • Daphne
    2019-06-13 23:45

    What a great book about freedom through art.

  • Amy
    2019-06-11 05:26

    The story was lacking but the illustrations were gorgeous.

  • Laura
    2019-05-30 05:25

    Kind of out there for a younger child, but I personally loved the story and illustrations.