Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Children's Corner: Picture Book Review: Violet by Tania Duprey Stehlik

Violet
Words by Tania Duprey Stehlik
Illustrated by Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic
Published by Second Story Press
Published in 2009
 24 Pages
Ages 5-8
 
Summary:
 
Violet is happy that her father has come to pick her up after her first day at a new school. But as she races over to meet him, one of the other kids asks, How come your Dad is blue and you're not?" Violet has never even thought about this before. Her mother is red, and her father is blue -- so why isn't she red or blue? Why is she purple? Upset and confused, Violet goes to her mother. Using paints, her mother shows her that when you combine red and blue, you get violet! Like many people in the world, Violet is a beautiful mix of colors. But color isn't really that important. After all, it is what's inside us that counts.
 
A line or two: 

"Well...how come your dad is BLUE?!?"
Violet didn't know. The truth was, she had never thought about it before.


My Thoughts:

On Violet's first day of school, she finds that the kids are red, yellow, and blue. Where are the kids that are like her - violet? Her mother helps her through her fears of being the odd one out and she learns how sometimes blue and red makes violet, just like her.

This is a visually interesting way to teach children about how people come in all sorts of different races. It's a simple concept and a metaphor that children this age can understand, without getting too preachy. The story is not lost in the educational aspect of it, and that's a hard thing to balance, especially with a topic that is so huge.

The artwork is fabulous, and I love opening up the book just to look at the pictures.

A cute story, not over the top and I'm sure kids will appreciate the depth of the story. Although it's nothing really new in terms of plot, it will be quite helpful to children of mixed races as well as to those who are trying to understand our human diversity.


 
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

You can purchase Violet in hardcover from Amazon.com , Amazon.ca and Chapters.
 
You can also add it to your Goodreads list.

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