Baby Bear Sees Blue” Explores a World of Colors

Who can forget Louis Armstrong’s powerful ballad, “What a Wonderful World”? The song reminds us all to take a look at our surroundings and really appreciate the true beauty and splendor that is everywhere we turn. He sang about the colors of the rainbows, trees of green, skies of blue and clouds of white in a way that vividly creates images in our minds of the colors of our beautiful world.

Bestselling picture book author and illustrator, Ashley Wolff’s newly released hardcover edition, Baby Bear Sees Blue, celebrates these beautiful colors in a tale of discovery and wonder. Published by Simon & Schuster, this clever concept book combines engaging and intricate watercolor-tinted, linocut illustrations with a story that enthusiastically encourages children to identify a multitude of vibrant colors.

Young readers will delight in joining Baby Bear as he explores and learns about the colorful wonders of his leafy forest home. Baby Bear is an inquisitive cub who can’t wait to learn everything about his world. With Mama Bear he explores from the moment he wakes up until he finally curls up to go to sleep. This spirited book can help young children learn their colors as they follow Baby Bear and Mama through their busy day discovering all the brilliant colors they see, including green leaves, blue birds, brown trout, orange butterflies and best of all, a patch of luscious red strawberries.

Children will marvel with every page turn as they discover the different colors in the natural landscape of Baby Bear’s home. Toddlers will find it easy to identify with Baby Bear and his boundless curiosity about everything around him. Mama portrays the protective love of a parent as she guides and enlightens Baby Bear about all the marvelous colors and calls attention to even the smallest things, like a grasshopper or a mouse. Baby Bear’s day ends with the pair back in their cozy den. Baby Bear is snug and warm with his mother as they tell each other good night and Baby Bear closes his eyes, seeing only black. Beautiful illustrations and a story that transcends species will appeal to parents who are begged to read this tale repeatedly to their little cub.

Ashley’s inspiration for this mother and baby bear came from the children’s classic, Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey. Ashley Wolff is the author and/or illustrator of more than 60 books including: Only the Cat Saw, Block City by Robert Louis Stevenson, Baby Beluga by Raffi, Stella and Roy Go Camping, The Miss Bindergarten series by Joseph Slate, Me Baby, You Baby, She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain by Philemon Sturges and Mama’s Milk by Michael Ross.

Ashley knew from a young age that she wanted to be an artist and freely shares the “practice, perseverance and passion” it took to develop her talent as an illustrator. Ashley illustrates in a variety of styles and mediums. She and her husband live in San Francisco with their beloved border collie, Lucy.

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