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Oh boy have I ever got an amazing book to share with you this week. It is new to our library and I fell in love with the story and illustrations. I read it to our preschool group and the kids really enjoyed it.
Introducing (drum roll please)
“In a place where color ran wild there lived a girl who was wilder still. Her name was Swatch and she was a color tamer.”
This book is
- Full of vibrant colors.
Here’s a cute book trailer that gives you a good feel for the book.
Swatch tames swirling ribbons of color. She cajoles them to dance, do magic, and come when she calls. Swatch loves color and colors love Swatch back.
One day Swatch starts to collect the colors in jam jars and soon she has an entire room of restless colors. All except for Yellowest Yellow, who simply refuses to be tamed. Yellow takes Swatch on a wild ride to remind her that colors are meant to live wild and free.
I really enjoyed the illustrations and so did our preschoolers. Swatch bends and leaps, creeps and dances as colors swirl and burst around her. The way the colors seem to move and pulse on the page is magnificent.
There is a gentle reminder that wild things should not be closed into small places, and that they should remain wild and free (rather like Swatch herself).
As a writer I really enjoyed the text that accompanies the illustrations. The language is rich and uses a wide vocabulary, so it’s perfect for kids learning new words. Here are some of the names Swatch gives the colors, “Rumble-Tumble Pink, Bravest Green, In-Between Gray, Just Laid Blue, and Yellowest Yellow.”
When you are reading
- Young children might enjoy locate Swatch in each page while the book is being read to them.
- Encourage your child to trace the movement of the colors with one gentle finger.
- Then go bigger and have them to trace the same movements with their hands in the air.
Some Questions to Ask As You Go Along
- Why do you think Swatch wanted to capture the colors in jars?
- Do you think the colors were happy? Why?
- Why do you think Yellowest Yellow did not want to go into the jar?
- If you could become one of the colors in the story which one would you be?
- Where would you dance?
After the story
Invite your child to pretend to be one of the colors and move around the room. Demonstrate how to move in big swirls and twirls. If you have ribbons or scarves handy bring them out to add to movement. Music also helps set a wild mood. You could try
An invitation to Go Wild With Color
This book simply begs the reader to go wild with color. I dived into our art and craft supplies and pulled out
- Good quality painting paper
- Small paint roller
- Cotton puffs
- Pom-poms and clothespins
- Popsicle sticks
- Painting shirts
The kids pulled on painting shirts and got to work. I was worried that this activity would not be very exciting for them, but I was completely wrong. They had so much fun exploring the paint.
I wish I could share the cries of delight when they watched the colors combine together and experimented with all the materials. Children really enjoy this kind of activity and it is has so many benefits. Here’s a few pictures of our efforts. I can’t share the pictures of smiles and intense concentration of our preschoolers, on my blog but you can see them here.
Looking for more wild and colorful art activities?
Fairy Dust Teaching explains how she encouraged children to create a collaborative art project inspired by the wild colors of Frozen.
Fireflies and Mudpies goes wild with color and squirt guns to create colorful paintings.
Growing a Jeweled Rose used paint filled eggs to create a wild colorful painting. We did this at the library last year and the children had a blast.
Where can I find this book?
I would recommend that you check this book out of your local library. However, it might be one that you want to buy. You can buy it here (affiliate link).
Have fun and send me a picture of your wild and colorful artwork!