Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung

- Once Upon A Time, There Were Three Colors -

Reds, Yellows, and Blues once lived in harmony. The Reds were definitely the loudest of the three. Yellows were naturally brighter. And Blues were simply the coolest. But that all changed one day when Red announced,
"REDS are the BEST!"
Yellows quickly responded,
"NO! We're the BEST because we're the BRIGHTEST!
How did the Blues respond to these outcries? With silence. They were far too cool to say anything at all.

The colors each began to gather in their own separate parts of the city. There was Red Village, Blue Town, and Yellow Heights. Harmony just didn't exist anymore. Until . . .

Yellow zoomed by a park bench riding a skateboard. Blue was sitting on the bench looking quite blue, in this case sad, not cool. Yellow sat down to visit with Blue. It cheered Blue up and Yellow was able to calm down. Soon they were inseparable. But not all the colors were okay with this new friendship. In fact, they were quite upset.

But Yellow and Blue cared for each other enough that they decided to get married. And of course, eventually, a baby color joined the family. And this baby was a beautiful combination of brilliant and cool.

But how will the Reds Yellows, and Blues handle this new turn of events?

My Thoughts

What Concerned Me: Nothing

What I Liked Most: Actually, when I started reading I thought this would be a bit of a color wheel lesson with a story. Oh silly me!

This simple narrative examines pride, prejudice, and discrimination, in a straightforward story that children can easily understand.  (However, sometimes adults -okay, me- can start to go astray.) 

This is a very good book for both families and classrooms.

Author/ Illustrator: Arree Chung
PublisherHenry Holt and Co. (July 2018)

Approx. Word Count: 278
Pages: 40

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