What Colour Is The Sky?

Book Author & Illustrator Laura Shallcrass
Rights Available World excl. NZ, Aust, UK & German

Hare and Pīhoihoi enjoy a beautiful dawn breaking over the meadow when Pīhoihoi wonders aloud, ‘What colour is the sky?’

Hare thinks it is blue, but when they talk to Hedgehog, Snail, Mouse, Frog and Ruru, the other creatures each say the sky is a different colour.

Why do the characters see things differently? What Colour is the Sky? explores the idea that all of us have different perspectives and opinions in life. This beautifully illustrated picture book for young children explores the wonder of nature and shows the importance of listening and respecting other opinions, even when we see things differently.

About the Author

Laura Shallcrass is an artist and author, and a busy mum of two boys. One son is already better than her at maths, while the other is animal obsessed and cuddly.

She works from her home in the hills near Queenstown, New Zealand, where she lives with her husband and children, along with an ever-growing zoo of furry friends. So far these include three horses: Giddy, who is enormous but kind, Taffy the pony, and Cash, who is overexcited and likes to party, Kota, the Labrador, and Frida, the whippet.


Beatnik Publishing


205 x 290mm



Picture Book

Age range
6-12 years

Publication Date
November 2021

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ, Aust, UK & German

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Rights Agents:


Susanne Theune, Beatnik Publishing

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