A study in nature-based colors, Christina Rossetti’s timeless poem is here represented in vivid, interpretive art by French illustrator Laëtitia Devernay.
The delicate lines of a poem by Christina Rossetti (1830-94) run through and around a series of beguiling illustrations in “Color,” a picture book for children ages 4-7. “What is white? a swan is white, / Sailing in the light,” we read. “What is yellow? pears are yellow, / Rich and ripe and mellow.” French artist and graphic designer Laëtitia Devernay uses pale hues of gouache over stencils to create playful, lightly stippled images that stand out from a white background. Here a lavender mouse pokes its head through the petals of a red poppy; there a glowing orange dangles on its stem, seeming to form the shell of a passing snail. It’s a book as light and refreshing as a springtime breeze.
–Meghan Cox Gurdon, Wall Street Journal, 04/08/2022