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Reviewed by Rachelle Smith for Readers' Favorite
A Heart Full of Colors by Carrie Turley and Diana Del Grande introduces readers to Lucy, whose spirit is enlivened by the colors around her. From the first page, the text with its vibrant images invites us into the rainbow that is Lucy’s world. Lucy fixates on the colors that enrich the environment. The plot unfolds slowly, but this book can certainly tell a story. Indeed, Lucy takes readers through her day, shares her trips to the market and her playtime, and even shows off her artistic ability. Lucy’s world of rainbows makes her happy. Lucy discovers there is one color she prefers above the others. From there, readers share in Lucy’s lesson that too much of a good thing is not good. In focusing on one thing, she’d forgotten to see others.
From cover to cover, A Heart Full of Colors by Carrie Turley offers almost poetic observations of not only color but also texture and movement. The language is somewhat advanced for a picture book, but young readers can use the illustrations to help them decipher the more challenging words. Diana Del Grande’s illustrations complement the text, offering vibrant watercolor depictions of the things Lucy notices throughout her day. The details of each picture beg for more time to look at and discover. Teachers might find this text a great introduction to descriptive and figurative language, as well as for lessons on the senses and personification, while student writers can use this as a model.