Pocket Full of Colors


Written by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville

Illustrated by Brigette Barrager

I don’t normally review children’s books on this blog unless they are exceptional.  When my 6-year-old daughter and I read this book, we both agreed it was the best book we had read together in quite a while.

This is the story of Mary Blair. Mary worked for the Walt Disney Company during the Great Depression.  She loved bright, vibrant colors, but the men around her thought children only wanted black-and-white cartoons.  She eventually became so frustrated that she left the company to pursue other things, but Walt Disney himself called her on the phone one day because he felt she was just the person for a special project he had in mind – one that involved many fantastic colors.

We loved this story about never giving up on your dreams, embracing the things you are passionate about, and shooting for the sky, but the illustrations really make the book. Two thumbs up, all the way around.


Usborne Look Inside Food


Initially I didn’t plan to include children’s books on this blog because I thought it would be a bit cumbersome but some friends reached out to me and asked if I could include those books that I thought were particularly interesting so here we go.

Genre: Children’s Book

Page Count: 13

Publication Date: 2015

Summary: With over 60 flaps (and flaps within flaps), this is my daughter’s favorite book (she is almost 5).  Topics include growing grains, fruit and vegetables, food from animals, food from the sea, sweet things and why we eat. Each page talks about several different kinds of food and the illustrations are very bright and colorful.

Recommended: Yes – this book does a really good job of breaking down the science behind food into kid-friendly language.

If You’re Offended: No problems here.

Noteworthy Excerpt: “Rice seeds are sown by plane. They’re soaked in water first to make them heavy so they drop easily.” “Lobsters go into the trap to eat the food. They don’t know how to get out, so get stuck inside.”