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Volume V Number 3 . . . . October 2, 1998
What's a blue book? you ask. Well, it's a look at the world of ... blue (you thought we were kidding, didn't you?)A big blue ribbon for Blue which should be a hit with all those kids who love to "wow" others with their collection of "useless" knowledge, useless, that is, until they are Jeopardy contestants. From its reflective, fish-lens iridescent blu e cover (what other colour could it be?) to its final entry on "Blue Laws," Blue, via pairs of facing pages, explores seemingly everything that could be blue, from the obvious, such as flowers and birds, to the obscure, like "Blue Food," "Blue Rock s" and "America the Bluetiful." [Did you know that 26 of 41 US Presidents have had blue or blue-gray eyes?] An ideal book for the reluctant reader, Blue's brief and delightfully saucy text, often on blue-hued paper, is further enlivened by scads of bright illustrations which range from cartoons to photos of real objects, like the food found on the "blue plate special." To add to reader involvement, Blue contains a series a short, fun quizzes (with answers), and the text sometimes wanders acr oss and around the pages so that readers must reorient the book in order to follow the words. Crossing all subject areas, Blue serves as a model of the potential of integrated learning. Although the book's American origin limits its Canadian conte nt, some principally US-oriented sections, such as "Blue Plates" which identifies the 12 states which do NOT have blue on their official license plates, might motivate young Canadian readers to discover parallel national content. With Blue as the prototype, classes could also explore producing other colour-based books.
Having blue-green eyes and favouring blue-coloured clothing, Dave Jenkinson was an obvious reviewer for this book.
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