Rainbow Joe and Me

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Eloise shares her love of colors with her blind friend Rainbow Joe, who makes his own colors when he plays beautiful notes on his saxophone

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Maria Diaz Strom makes her debut as an author and illustrator with Rainbow Joe and Me. A native of Portland, Oregon, she studied art at Portland State University and has illustrated several children's educational books. Until recently, Ms. Strom taught art at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She was inspired to create this book by her students and by her husband's love of jazz. She and her husband now live in San Francisco.

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PreSchool-Eloise loves bright colors. She mixes them and paints wild pictures. When she sees Rainbow Joe on the steps of her apartment building, she tells him about her colors and paintings. "I mix up red and white and make fish. Crazy pink fish swimming across my paper." He says he has a special way with colors and can "make them sing," but the child doesn't understand how a blind man like him can see colors. One day after church, Joe surprises Eloise and her mother with his saxophone. As he plays, the little African-American girl can see and hear the colors that he creates with his music. Primitive, childlike acrylic artwork in vivid colors complement the story. However, although the sentiment is admirable, the presentation isn't successful. A disjointed narrative and weak characters contribute to the overall perplexing tone of the book. The concept of "hearing" colors is too abstract for young children, who are likely to be confused by Rainbow Joe's ability to play colors as well as by Eloise's ability to see and hear them. Estelle Condra's See the Ocean (Ideals, 1994) and Bill Martin Jr.'s Knots on a Counting Rope (Holt, 1995) are more effectively done, but this title could be used one-on-one to generate discussion on what it is like to live in a world without color.
Carolyn Stacey, Jefferson County Public Library, Golden, CO
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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