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One Patch of Blue
By (artist): Marthe Jocelyn
9781459820739 Board book, Picture book, Paper over boards English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) exact P, Grade (US) exact P, Reading age from 0 - 2 JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Mar 12, 2019
$9.95 CAD
Active 7 x 7 x 0.5 in | 280 gr 24 pages full color images FSC certified – mixed sources C106973 Orca Book Publishers
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended
A loose end leads to a textile adventure.

One patch of denim escapes from a pair of pants and becomes a stained-glass window, an ice-cream truck, a Ferris wheel, a fish tank and many other square surprises in this delightful board book by celebrated paper artist Marthe Jocelyn.

Jocelyn's paper collages in this wordless search-and-find adventure will encourage little ones to look closely at the world around them and explore what they see.

Marthe Jocelyn is the award-winning author and illustrator of over thirty-five books for babies, kids and teens. Her illustrated books have been shortlisted for both the Governor General's Literary Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. In 2009 she was the recipient of the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work. For more information, visit

Key Selling Points

A wordless board book that follows the journey of one patch of denim as it escapes from a pair of pants and transforms into many other objects.

Themes include search-and-find, collage, shape primer, early learning.

Because it is wordless it is ideal not just for English speakers/readers, can be enjoyed by non-English speakers/readers.

Marthe's llustrated books have been shortlisted for both the Governor General’s Literary
Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. In 2009 she was the recipient of the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work. Her title Sam Sorts (Penguin Random House) was a 2018 USBBY Outstanding International Books selection.

Great for projects in the classroom.       

Marketing and Promotional Plans

Print and online advertising campaigns

Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences

Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley

Blog and social media promotion

"Jocelyn's collages continue to be alive with colour and textures, and they invite their young viewers to not just locate the repurposed ribbon or patch but to explore the pages' details…Art teachers in schools might want to acquire One Yellow Ribbon and One Patch of Blue to use as exemplars for divergent artistic thinking." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Enchanting…Readers will enjoy composing their own stories as the blue patch travels from page to page." - School Library Journal

"The illustrations are beautifully designed using a variety of cloth and paper to achieve the rich textures and details that are evident on every page…Caregivers and teachers can use this book to promote observation skills in the very young." - Resource Links

"This is a cute idea executed in a clean and playful fashion." - Youth Services Book Review

"This clever wordless board book is a fun spot the piece activity." - Kiss the Book blog

“An adventure where the reader is delightfully included… This book is a must have for early learning centers and Kindergarten classroom libraries and well as home libraries.”

- Must Read Literture: K thru YA

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