Jennifer Sattler's expressive watercolors bring Sylvie and her sunny environment and creative outlook to life. This is Jennifer's first picture book for Random House Children's Books. She has taught painting and drawing and exhibited extensively, winning an NEA grant in 1996. She is now a full-time mom living in Greenfield, New York.
PreS-Gr 2-"Why are we pink?" a young flamingo asks her mother. When she learns that her coloration is a result of the shrimp she eats, Sylvie gets an idea to experiment with what she consumes. Ice cream, kites, bathing suits-nothing is off-limits for the adventurous bird. Sure enough, she turns brown, looking "yummy in chocolate," and "rather stripy" after eating a towel. Kids familiar with a certain hungry caterpillar may see what's coming-Sylvie gets a stomachache. It's only when she rejoins her flock and resumes her diet of shrimp that she feels better, though there is a surprise ending that will surely induce giggles from kids. Sattler's art steals the show; the colors are eye-popping and vibrant, right to the swirling bright endpapers. As Sylvie changes colors the background changes hues as well. This title is sure to create storytime magic, especially when paired with Jeremy Tankard's Grumpy Bird (Scholastic, 2007).-Laura Lutz, Queens Borough Public Library, NY Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.