The other day, I walked into my son’s Kindergarten class with a very special book in hand. With a nod from the teacher, I pulled Junior into my lap and opened the book. His piping little voice filled the room as he read the story to his class.
“Marisol was an artist. She loved to draw and paint …”
The book in question is Sky Color, one of the stories in Peter H. Reynolds’ Creatrilogy. More than just a series of touching, sweetly illustrated children’s books (which they are), the books in Creatrilogy are a source of inspiration for anyone who has ever had their heart stifled.
There’s Ish, the story of Ramon. A careless comment from an older brother convinces Ramon that the drawings he loves to make aren’t good enough. In The Dot, Vashti sets out to convince her teacher of what she herself has always believed: that she can’t draw. Rounding out the trilogy is Sky Color. When Marisol offers to paint the sky for a class mural, she is brought up short by the lack of blue paint.
You know there has to be a happy ending for each of these children, but it’s the way these endings come about that makes each story so unabashedly delightful. Geared for the preschool to third grade set, the stories in the Creatrilogy series make an excellent reminder for dreamers of all ages to believe, to try, and to think outside the paint box.