Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky

Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond (Author) Daniel Minter (Illustrator)
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Age Groups: Ages 4 to 6, Ages 7 to 9

Discover a world of creativity and tradition in this fascinating picture book that explores the history and cultural significance of the color blue.

For centuries, blue powders and dyes were some of the most sought-after materials in the world. Ancient Afghan painters ground mass quantities of sapphire rocks to use for their paints, while snails were harvested in Eurasia for the tiny amounts of blue that their bodies would release.

And then there was indigo, which was so valuable that American plantations grew it as a cash crop on the backs of enslaved Africans. It wasn't until 1905, when Adolf von Baeyer created a chemical blue dye, that blue could be used for anything and everything—most notably that uniform of workers everywhere, blue jeans.

With stunning illustrations by award-winning artist Daniel Minter, this vibrant and fascinating picture book follows one color's journey through time and across the world, as it becomes the blue we know today.

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SKU 133522
ISBN 9781984894366
Language English
Lexile ® Measure AD1060L
Page Count 40
Product Type Hardcover Books
Book Type Picture Books
Additional Contributor Daniel Minter
Primary Contributor Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
Age Groups Ages 4 to 6, Ages 7 to 9
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers