Perfect Picture Book Friday! Red: A Crayon’s Story

13 Feb

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it really shows how we need to look inside of a person, and not judge by appearance or expect them to be a certain way.

redRed:A Crayon’s Story

Written and Illustrated by Michael Hall

Hardcover: 40 pages ages 4+
Published by Greenwillow Books on February 3, 2015

Theme/Topic- Being yourself

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening – “He was red.

Synopsis (from publisher) – “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!”

Why I liked this book- This seems the ultimate “be yourself” book. It shows that if you just judge by appearance, you can get an entirely different outlook than on what’s inside the “wrapper”. The illustrations are quirky and fun to look at. I like how the white page is really “paper” for the crayons to draw on. That was pretty cool. This is a wonderful book, and I was happy to review it. “Red” is a nice crayon who you care for. There is some humor in the story, because the reader instantly knows that Red is blue. This is a nice book for diversity teaching.

Activities and Resources-

There is a printable activity and teacher’s guise to go along with the books at the publisher’s website. Click HERE to get them.

Get some crayons and make an adventure for them! Or, have the crayons DRAW the adventure for them!

Or how about getting coloring pages and have kids color the pages colors that aren’t the “normal” colors for the picture – like this one – I think the woolly mammoth wants to be pink with a little brown. 😉

color

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

42 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday! Red: A Crayon’s Story”

  1. rnewman504 February 13, 2015 at 8:15 am #

    What a perfect selection for pre-Valentine’s Day. And what a great opening line–not to mention premise. Great review, Erik!

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  2. clarbojahn February 13, 2015 at 8:53 am #

    Sounds like it’s too good to be true. I Love the sound of this book. More kids, and adults too, have a hard time accepting themselves the way they are and wish they were somehow better and different. Thanks for introducing this book to us. I can’t wait to read it. I’m putting it on my list.

    Happy Valentine’s Day, tomorrow! 🙂

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  3. Sue Heavenrich February 13, 2015 at 9:44 am #

    What a great book about not sticking to the labels other people put on you. And finding your true inner color.

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  4. Catherine Johnson February 13, 2015 at 10:26 am #

    Fabulous find, Erik!

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  5. heylookawriterfellow February 13, 2015 at 10:43 am #

    Sounds like a great book. This one just might need a space beside my copy of The Day the Crayons Quit. Looks like my library is gonna need a “crayon section.”

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  6. Patricia Tilton February 13, 2015 at 11:34 am #

    What a great choice Erik. Haven’t seen this new book. Love the theme about being comfortable with who you are. Excellent review.

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  7. Genevieve Petrillo February 13, 2015 at 12:37 pm #

    I wonder if red crayons taste any different than blue. I hope to find out someday…

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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  8. cvarsalona February 13, 2015 at 2:15 pm #

    A book with a message of positivity on finding yourself-thank you.

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  9. julie rowan zoch February 13, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

    So glad you like this one too!

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  10. Jilanne Hoffmann February 13, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

    Oh, now I’ve got another to pick up before heading to the mountains this weekend for the long holiday. Thanks, Erik!

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  11. Heather Dent February 13, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    I just read a Michael Hall book. It was called “It’s and Orange Ardvark!” Very funny book. This one looks great as well!

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  12. Niamh Clune Plum Tree Books February 13, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

    Looks like a great metaphor for self-acceptance. A great life lesson for everyone.

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  13. LovableLobo February 13, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

    Another crayon book? Haven’t heard of this one, but will definitely be looking for it. Nice review, Erik!

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  14. Diane Tulloch February 13, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

    A great find, Erik. Some lessons for sure for kids and adults in being true to yourself. Sounds fun to read. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Cathy Ballou Mealey February 13, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

    I love another crayon book! And I just saw that a clay book will be coming from Dev Petty in 2017. Make way for art supplies!

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    • ThisKidReviewsBooks February 26, 2015 at 7:01 am #

      Huzzah! Arrrt! (sorry. Horrible play on words – Arrrg! 😉 ) I’ll check out the book! 😀

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  16. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog February 13, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

    I like the idea of this book. It would be a great companion with The Day the Crayons Quit. Sounds good! 🙂

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  17. Stacy S. Jensen February 13, 2015 at 10:56 pm #

    Wow. This looks awesome. I decided to comment before checking my library. The PPBF list has been on fire the last few weeks. I’ve loved the selections.

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  18. Andrea February 13, 2015 at 11:05 pm #

    I’d like to read this one. It’d be great to go along with other crayon stories (see how it compares to what red had to say in The Day the Crayons Quit).

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  19. Joanne Roberts February 14, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

    Ha! What a clever premise. Thanks for the great idea about drawing our own adventure. ‘Can’t wait!

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  20. readingwithrhythm February 14, 2015 at 11:51 pm #

    More crayons! There seems to be some kind of crayon revolution going on? Maybe that’s why there are always crayons all over the classroom floors and nobody can ever find the color that they want! Does this book shed any light on this problem?!

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    • ThisKidReviewsBooks February 26, 2015 at 7:11 am #

      No, but it explains why crayons have a super complicated name when they are just light brown, not “Burnt sienna slowly roasted over an open fire, boiled for 5 minutes, and flash-freezed”. 😉

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