The Blue Table


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$17.99  $16.73
Greenwillow Books
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10.1 X 10.2 X 0.5 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Chris Raschka, writer, illustrator and trained violist is one of the country's top children's book talents. His Yo! Yes? was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1993 while his Hello Goodbye Window won the Caldecott Medal in 2005 . This is Chris's first picture book for Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.


"A blue table symbolizes and facilitates the connections among family members and between friends. . . . [Raschka's] paintings reflect the action and objects described while adding nuance and detail. . . . A charming and cozy celebration of the places and routines that anchor and connect us." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Spare text and images center the titular cerulean table, around which a small family--and later, a second--gathers to share meals and gratitude. . . . Caldecott Medalist Raschka showcases tabletop objects and dishes . . . in colorful illustrations crafted from watercolor and cut-paper collage . . . A gentle picture book that celebrates the joy to be found in both everyday routines and holiday abundance." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A simple story of gathering and gratitude. . . . Bright watercolor pictures will offer opportunities to engage young readers in discussions about what the pictures mean and what they might enjoy for a shared meal. . . . [A] story with an indelible blue table as its hearth." -- School Library Journal

"Minimal text treats a compact blue table as the center of a holiday as a family gathers . . . Raschka's fluid watercolors balance the dreamy with the homey . . . A gentle early treatment of holiday gatherings." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Watercolor and collage illustrations match the text's simplicity . . . The most pleasing arrival is anticipated by wordless pages in which the table is extended to accommodate 'one more family.' . . . Evoke[s] any occasion of togetherness, perhaps providing comfort and hope." -- Horn Book Magazine