Joe Arco Iris y yo
Written and by Maria Diaz Strom
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Eloise likes colors. Her friend Rainbow Joe likes colors too, but Rainbow Joe is blind. So Eloise tells him about the colors she mixes and the fantastic animals she paints. When Rainbow Joe says he can imagine and mix colors too, Eloise is puzzled. How can a blind man see colors? she wonders. One Sunday on their way to church Eloise and Mama run into Rainbow Joe, who tells them he has a surprise for them. When they return, Rainbow Joe starts to play his saxophone. Suddenly colors begin to fly—big red notes, little yellow notes, bright orange notes. The music fills the sky.
Translated from Rainbow Joe and Me, Joe Arco Iris y yo tells an endearing story that celebrates friendship and the power of imagination.
About the Creators
makes her debut as an author and illustrator with Rainbow Joe and Me. A native of Portland, Oregon, she studied art at Portland State University and has illustrated several children's educational books. Until recently, Ms. Strom taught art at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She was inspired to create this book by her students and by her husband's love of jazz. She and her husband now live in San Francisco.