Book: Hailstones and Halibut Bones

A blank page

“Paint a picture with your words.”

A dash of red
A splash of orange
A sprinkle of yellow
A dab of green
A wave of blue
A dollop of indigo
A hint of purple

A brush of black and white.

Note: Color is hard.

No, really, stop and think about it.

Unless you’re going to teach a kid via wavelength and frequency intervals (zzzzzzzzz), chances are you’re going to do it by example.

“Did you see the red firetruck? Do you see the yellow bus?”

This is why we love Mary O’Neill‘s collection of 12 poems about color. These poems aren’t just a list of things that are red or pink or blue. These colors are moods, environments, memories – dynamic phenomena that “color” our world.

Yup, it’s that deep.

The 1990 re-release is fine, but I prefer the 1961 original for its illustrations.

Why we like this book: The world speaks to us in metaphors, not emoticons. What better way to teach our children how to listen to that still, small voice than through poetry?

Random Thoughts: While not quite synesthesia, I always hear the song “Wear Your Love Like Heaven” when we read this book. I am partial to the Sarah McLachlan cover, but mad props to the original Donovan version.


2 Comments on Book: Hailstones and Halibut Bones

  1. I can’t believe I haven’t come across this book. Thanks for sharing it. There’s already a place on my shelf for it.

  2. Before you read it aloud at say a story time, as I did, you may want to read through all of it closely for the occasional not-so-PC language! Still, it’s really a great book.

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