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What Colour is the Sea?

Written by Katie Stewart


Koala has a question for her friends – what colour is the sea? But they all give her different answers, and Koala doesn’t know who to believe. Owl suggests she finds out for herself. Koala sets off for the sea, only to discover that all her friends are right – the sea is no colour and many colours. A beautiful tale of discovery and perception.


'... a delightful, easy reading book with stunning illustrations ...' Pedals 

'What Colour is the Sea? is a lush author-illustrator production by West Australian Katie Stewart.' Reading Time

'The question of the colour of the ocean might seem like a fairly straightforward one, but the Australian animals in this new picture book, for children aged two to five, have a variety of answers spanning a range of colours.' Weekend West

'This is an important book which gently explores the nature of perception and encourages readers to discover things for themselves rather than simply accepting what they are told.' WritingWA


Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards (Shortlisted 2020, 2021)

ISBN 9781925816389 (Hardback)
Formats Picture Book (235 x 235mm) (Hardback)
Categories Children's Picture Books
New Releases
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2020
Pages 32
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    Katie Stewart

    Katie Stewart is an author and illustrator. Born in the north of England, she came to Australia at the age of nine. She started her working life as an archaeologist and ethnohistorian, went on to teaching and then to being a mother. She later worked in a school library, but her lifelong dream was to be what she is now. She is married to a farmer, has three children and lives north of Northam, where her love of animals means she has a lot of pets and takes lots of nature photos. In her spare time, she tries to play the harp or wanders the countryside with a metal detector amusing the neighbours and occasionally finding an interesting piece of history. Read more