‘What Colour is the Sky?’ by Laura Shallcrass

What colour is the sky

What colour is the sky

The latest children’s picture book from award-winning author Laura Shallcrass.

Hare and Pihoihoi enjoy a beautiful dawn breaking over the meadow when Pihoihoi 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.

Beautifully written and illustrated in an appealing palette that compliments the gentle charm of this unique story. The book includes a notes section at the back about the different animals featured in What Colour is the Sky?


Laura Shallcrass is an artist and author, and a busy mum of two boys. Laura works from her home in the hills near Queenstown where she lives with her husband and children, along with an ever-growing zoo of furry friends. Laura’s previous book, Hare & Ruru, was shortlisted for the 2021 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, the NZ Booklovers Children’s Book Award 2021, and the PANZ Design Awards 2021 for Best Children’s Book. More information at www.laurashallcrass.co.nz