Cover image for Every color
Every color
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 27 cm
Reading Level:
AD 540 L Lexile
"A girl teaches a polar bear to see the colors in his environment as they take a trip around the world"--


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Bear longs to see color, but everything around his home at the North Pole is white, white, white. When a seagull brings a gift from a little girl, Bear falls in love with the colors in her painting, but it's not enough. So the girl sets off in her boat to take the Bear on an adventure and help him see the colors up close. The pair visits familiar, colorful landmarks in countries around the world, from the windmills of Holland to the Egyptian pyramids to New York's Statue of Liberty. And by the time they return to Bear's polar home, Bear has learned to see color reflected all around him-especially the colors of the Northern Lights, which were there all along.

Author Notes

Erin Eitter Kono has written and/or illustrated ten previous picture books. She studied art history and writing through UCLA. She works at her studio in a cottage surrounded by citrus trees and lavender, and spends her non-work time with her husband and daughter.

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School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-The snowy white world of the Far North has an unhappy resident-Bear, a polar bear longing for color and deeply depressed at the lack of it in his icy surroundings. With the help of a passing seagull, a young artist and sailor comes to the rescue with a boat tour to show Bear the colors of the world: "They [travel] beyond distant shores, up rivers and down," in the air and on water. Mixed-media digital collage art accentuates the color against the grays and white of the North Sea. Beginning with highlighted landmarks of Europe and ending with the wonders of the ocean depths and monuments of the Americas, the book presents the young artist's small pen and watercolor paintings in a briefly worded travelogue that follows Bear and friend. Slowly changing hues from the artist's palette-red, yellow, green, blue, and purple-highlight each drawing, images and sites that range across all continents and oceans and end with Bear's arrival home. The "aurora polaris" finally displays the rainbow of colors previously missed but that have always been a part of his Arctic world. VERDICT A recommended general purchase for all libraries.-Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

A polar bears searches for colors beyond white.Bear lives at the top of the world, which is made of white ice and white snow. The animals, including whales, are white or light gray (though all have faintly pink cheeks); even the oceans light gray. Bear yearns for colors. A sea gull requests help from a brown-skinned, round-faced girl with straight dark hair who lives elsewhere (readers never learn where). She collects Bear in a skiff and takes him traveling. They see a Dutch windmill, the Blue Mosque, the Taj Mahal, and much more. Countries and sights arent named, though the copyright page lists them. Pages show a white background behind irregularly shaped travel scenes; each pages scenes emphasize one hue. As pages turn, the scene-shapes shift through the rainbow spectrum, quenching Bears color thirst. Konos premise is more trope than truth, because the real Arctic has many hues. A confusing moral appears. Supposedly the Arctic always had colors, and Bear had just needed to learn how to see them, but the only new Arctic-environment colors to appearnot Bears (new) paintings nor the illustrations confettilike decorationare the northern lights; they appear in one gorgeous, stunning spread, and its hard to believe that Bears never seen them before. A bit touristy and perplexing in its lesson but cheerfully enjoyableand worth it for that northern lights spread. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

A polar bear, who is surrounded by white ice and white snow, longs for one thing: color. White with gray backdrop scenes sprinkled lightly with color fill the first third of the story zeroing in on Bear's discontent. A brief moment of happiness comes when Bear receives a picture of a rainbow from a sweet little brown-faced girl (also donned in white). But recognizing that he needs help, the little girl rigs her skiff and sails across the ocean. Packed with art supplies, the two travel around the world, and Bear paints what he sees. When they return, Bear realizes that home had every color of the rainbow all along. Textured motifs and mixed-media in individual hues of the rainbow illustrate the duo's journey to popular landmarks, such as the London Bridge, Notre-Dame, and the Taj Mahal, and when they return, the full spectrum of colors appears in the aurora borealis. The combination of color, playful characters with rich facial expressions, and iconic world landmarks make this a charming tale perfect for storytime.--Lock, Anita Copyright 2016 Booklist