An unseen voice exclaims that the painting is nearly finished and today is a good day for painting the barn, then noticing that perhaps one of the chickens wants to help. Dipping her white head in a pot of blue paint it spills over her and a great deal of the painting. Before long it spreads turning the world completely and totally blue.
The repentant little fowl is so sorry. Perhaps there is a way to make the farm critters not so blue...literally. With the help of a baby duck the two tip, tip, tip that jar of water. Thank goodness, those hues of blue are washed away...except for the sky, as it should be.
Zooming back readers see through the window the outside sky has been rinsed clear also, making it a good day for painting the barn. Looking back at the illustrator's table what do we see? Some artistic ducklings and the chicken trying to move a jar of red paint. Closing endpapers tell the tale of what they accomplish.
Deborah Freedman, using watercolor, pencil, ink and a bit of Photoshop, conveys clearly and cleverly the emotion on the barnyard animals aghast at their dilemma and the panic of the chicken. Charming happiness portrayed when the problem is solved so delightfully can't help but bring smiles. I'm smiling now just thinking about it.
Spare melodic text compliments two page spreads flowing like the medium used to create them.
Playful use of paint, exuberant, curious, creative characters and the splendid blend of a paper and real world lift Blue Chicken written and illustrated by Deborah Freedman skyward. Who doesn't want to be happy? It's guaranteed for readers of this book. I foresee a chorus of read it again, each and every time this title is shared.
For a memorable, delightful interview of Deborah Freedman go to this link at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. Freedman's website can be accessed by the link attached to her name at the beginning of this post. Update: An Educator's Guide to the Works of Deborah Freedman is now available.