Note: Thank you to Sleeping Bear Press for providing a copy to review. All opinions are my own.
The Color Collector, a new picture book written by Nicholas Solis and illustrated by Renai Metallinou, is a sweet story about friendship and empathy. The story is seen through the eyes of a boy who notices that Violet, the new girl at school, picks up scraps of colorful debris on her walk home from school.
He wonders why she’s collecting these seemingly random items. He befriends her, and she eventually shares with him what she’s been working on. The creation she reveals reminds her of the home and country she had immigrated from. Young readers will see how viewing the world from someone else’s eyes can open their own eyes.
The story opens with gray illustrations to reflect Violet’s feelings of homesickness and sadness. As the story progresses and the friendship develops between Violet and the boy, readers see the gradual inclusion of colors. By the end of the book when Violet and the boy have opened up to one another, the illustrations display full colors to symbolize the growth of both characters.
The Color Collector is ideal for readers ages 4-8 years old as well as educators and parents who support social-emotional learning and diversity through books. Purchase The Color Collector on SleepingBearPress.com, Amazon, and other booksellers.
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About the Author and Illustrator
Nicholas Solis is an author/illustrator and elementary school teacher. The Color Collector is his second book. He lives in Austin, Texas. Learn more at www.nicholassolis.com.
Renia Metallinou’s work combines traditional and digital media. In 2017 she was short-listed for the World Illustration Awards in the children’s book category. She lives in Greece. Learn more at www.reniametallinouillustration.com.