Early Lit Bits: “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse” Book Review

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle
Who doesn’t love Eric Carle?  His newest title, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, does not disappoint.  Carle’s signature bright and colorful paintings decorate every page as a young child depicts a variety of animals in the unexpected colors of his own imagining.  There is a red crocodile, an orange elephant, and even a polka-dotted donkey. 

Young readers will quickly catch on that these animals are not depicted in realistic colors.  This book gives the opportunity to discuss with young children that there is no right or wrong when it comes to artwork.  Toddlers and preschoolers will be given an important lesson in creativity and free expression.  As  you read this book with a child, ask them what color they would paint the different animals.  Encourage them to create their own versions of the animals depicted in this book.  Shared reading remains the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers!

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.


Written by Sheri


Sheri is the Kent District Library ILS & Electronic Resources Coordinator. She loves KDL’s eBook collection and her NOOK because they allow her to fit a whole stack of books in her purse to take with her wherever she goes.

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One Response to “Early Lit Bits: “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse” Book Review”

  1. janice donahue Says:

    I love this book. Read the authors note in the back about living in Nazi Germany as a teenager, and the restrictions placed on artists. It makes the book all the more special.