Hello, Mister Blue

Greenwillow. May 2023. 32p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780063206755.
PreS-Gr 4–A young girl and her grandfather find joy playing music together in the park. She meets Mister Blue, Papa’s friend who lives outdoors, creating enchanting music that makes people “Rise!” and “March!” She wonders, “Is he safe? Is he scared? Is he lonely?” Peoples emphasizes the importance of children choosing to see, contemplate, and ask challenging questions often overlooked by adults. In a transformative journey, the girl and Papa invite Mister Blue into their lives where he soon becomes the girl’s cherished musician and friend. The narrative, beautifully illustrated with oil and graphite, encourages readers to muster empathy for individuals like Mister Blue. The author urges open minds and hearts toward all those around them.
VERDICT This heartwarming tale illustrates the profound impact of empathy and inclusion; it’s a lovely picture book that will be at home in most collections.

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