Saturday, July 31, 2010

Kid Konnection: Violet, written by Tanya Duprey Stehlik, illustrated by Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic

Violet, written by Tanya Duprey Stehlik, illustrated by Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic (Rated: C)
Second Story Press
ISBN: 978-1897187609
Published September 1, 2009
Hardcover, 24 pages, Ages: 5-8

Publisher's Synopsis:
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 violet? 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.

Our thoughts:
My children and I liked this book for its originality—both in the story and the colourful quirky illustrations. By using the metaphor of colour to show being different is okay, the author has allowed for its application to all differences, not just skin colour. It could encompass physical and intellectual differences, multi-cultural and linguistic differences, as well as religious differences.

The story is a great way to introduce young children to tolerance and acceptance, and also to help them celebrate their own differences or uniqueness. A parent can easily bring up how special their child is because there is no one in the world like them. Helping children be proud of who they are, as Violet was, is also an important lesson derived from this story. The illustrator’s style is well suited to these themes and makes a beautiful book. I may be biased, though, because violet or purple is my favourite colour.

The book trailer is so cute and really worth watching!

Every Saturday, Booking Mama hosts a feature called Kid Konnection—a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. If you'd like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children's books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, visit Booking Mama.

Disclosure: Thanks to Annie from Second Story Press for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing! This book does sound wonderful and a great way to introduce so many important topics. I also am drawn to all of the purple!

  2. I'm drawn to that gorgeous cover, so I'm glad to see the book is so good!

  3. Awe...thanks for introducing a lovely book!


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