The Bluest of Blues: Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs – Fiona Robinson

    The Bluest of Blues: Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs – Fiona Robinson, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 9781419725517, 2019

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book?  A stunning picture book biography of Anna Atkins (1799-1871), a British botanist and photographer, the first person to ever publish a book of photographs.  The book includes her extensive collection of dried seaweed utilizing cyanotype photography, where the paper turns blue in the sun.  A beautiful story of an early female scientist and a nurturing father-daughter relationship. The illustrations are a mix of pencil drawings, watercolor paintings, vintage fabrics and wallpapers, wood veneers and photographs.  A “How To Make Your Own Cyanotypes” page is located in the back to inspire your own creative sun prints.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No.  

To whom would you recommend this book?  Grades 1-4

Who should buy this book? Elementary schools, public libraries, art teachers, and anyone who loves photography and creating sun prints

Where would you shelve it ?  Picture book biography

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Julie Durmis, JC Solmonese Elementary School, Norton, MA

Date of review:  December 8, 2018


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