Publisher: Greenwillow Books (Harper Collins)
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Hall’s books!
The Red crayon wasn’t very good at being red. Everything Red drew came out blue! Everyone tried to help Red learn. Everyone tried to make Red change. Until Red met Berry. Berry asked Red to draw a blue ocean for a berry colored boat.
“I can’t. I’m red.” says Red.
“Will you try?” asks Berry.
And Red did it. But he didn’t stop there… He made blueberries, a blue bird, and a big blue whale!
This is a beautiful story about how we struggle to accept ourselves for what we are… and about how everyone else struggles to accept us, too. A wonderful reminder to let children grow at their own pace and explore in their own way. While this is not outwardly about gender difference acceptance, it certainly could be helpful to a child that might be struggling with that. The really wonderful thing about this book is that almost anyone could related to this struggle and see the happiness that can come from simply accepting ourselves.
If you enjoyed The Day The Crayon’s Quit, you will LOVE this book! Cannot recommend enough!