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.