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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Every Color of Light
by Hiroshi Osada
Age Range: 6-8
When reading a picture book, it can be easy to get carried away looking at the illustrations on each page while the words are still resonating in our minds. This is especially true in the story about the beauty of the sky, Every Color of Light, which was written by Hiroshi Osada and translated from Japanese to English by David Boyd. There is no way that those enjoying Every Color of Light would not get swept away with Ryōji Arai’s stunning illustrations of rain pounding down into the lush natural landscape, thunder and lightning usurping a sky where “colors run across the leaves and swirl in the wind,” sunlight after a storm brightening up the pages with residual crystal raindrops dripping from leaves and turning everything silver and gold, and the sunset, nightfall, and sparkling stars creating a sense of quiet peace at the end of the book.
This book is all about the natural beauty of our world, resonating similarly to Almost Nothing, Yet Everything: A Book about Water, which was written eight years after Every Color of Light by the same author-illustrator-translator team. After reading this book, readers looking up at the sky in real life might remember Arai’s realistic yet fantastical illustrations that portray the entity of the sky.
Every Color of Light is part of the Reading the World: Picture Books and Translation at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 2022.
Catherine Hurwitz (March22)