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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale. Any blessings we receive go to helping our homeschool and grocery budgets!Red: A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall
Illustrator: Michael Hall
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Also by this author: Cat Tale, It's an Orange Aardvark!, Frankencrayon
Genres: Juvenile Fiction, Social Issues, Emotions & Feelings
Published by Greenwillow Books on February 3rd 2015
Format: ARC, Jacketed Hardcover
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A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as "red" suffers an identity crisis in the new picture book by the New York Times-bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo and It's an Orange Aardvark! Funny, insightful, and colorful, Red: A Crayon's Story, by Michael Hall, is about being true to your inner self and following your own path despite obstacles that may come your way. Red will appeal to fans of Lois Ehlert, Eric Carle, and The Day the Crayons Quit, and makes a great gift for readers of any age!
Red has a bright red label, but he is, in fact, blue. His teacher tries to help him be red (let's draw strawberries!), his mother tries to help him be red by sending him out on a playdate with a yellow classmate (go draw a nice orange!), and the scissors try to help him be red by snipping his label so that he has room to breathe. But Red is miserable. He just can't be red, no matter how hard he tries! Finally, a brand-new friend offers a brand-new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along. He's blue! This funny, heartwarming, colorful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self can be read on multiple levels, and it offers something for everyone!
*This post has been updated on February 4, 2016
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My first suggestion on reading this book, is to do so in a well lit room. The black background and thin crayon type font make things difficult to see otherwise (but then that’s just me and lamps for bedtime stories…).
I look at the cover and see a blue sky and a red crayon. It never occurred to me that it was the red crayon drawing in blue… This is a neat story, full of points to jump into conversation about school supplies and colors, even the color wheel and varying shades of those primary ones. But it is more than that too. This book can bring out dialogue about being different and about being who you are rather than what everyone else thinks you’re suppose to be. Definitely intriguing.