Monday, May 2, 2016

Bedtime Story: Red by Michael Hall

Synopsis: "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!"

My Review: I picked this book up because I have heard some great things about it and it has a great message. I think that it was a little above Munchkin's understanding (at 3.5 yrs old). I tried discussing it with him throughout the book and he would just look at me and say 'but Mom it the crayon is blue, not red' as if it should be clear as day for everyone. I do however think this would be an excellent book for older children and even all the way through high school, heck even after that we are still trying to figure out who we are and how we identify ourselves. It was a nice reminder as a parent though not to push our children to conform to what we think they should be.
My Rating: This book is almost more of a lesson to the adults reading it than to the children. I give it a rating of Four Paws!
Good Night! Sweet Dreams!

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