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Children's Fiction Imagination & Play

One Patch of Blue

by (artist) Marthe Jocelyn

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Mar 2019
Imagination & Play, Size & Shape, Colors
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Mar 2019
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2019
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 2
  • Grade: p to 12
  • Reading age: 0 to 2


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.

About the author

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. One Red Button and One Piece of String are the result of her lifelong obsession with scraps, and her delight in surprising the reader with unexpected details. Originally from Toronto, Marthe settled in Stratford, Ontario, after a thirtyyear stretch in New York. For more information, visit

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  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens

Editorial Reviews

&quotThe 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.&quot

Resource Links

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

School Library Journal

“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

&quotThis is a cute idea executed in a clean and playful fashion.&quot

Youth Services Book Review

"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

"This clever wordless board book is a fun spot the piece activity."

Kiss the Book blog

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