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One Hardcover – October 1, 2008
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Using the metaphor of colors, Otoshi gently creates a group of kids with different personalities. Blue is quiet and contemplative, yellow is sunny, green is bright, purple is regal, orange is outgoing, but red is HOT -- a bully, who picks on blue. The others colors are sympathetic and like blue and commiserate, but don't tell red to stop, and red becomes bigger and stronger until everyone is bullied and afraid and there seems to be nothing they can do. (This part of the story actually subtly but hauntingly echoes that story about the Holocaust when they come after one group and then another and when they come after the storyteller there is no one left to help).
But then the story shifts when "1" arrives. He stands up to red and gives the other colors the courage to do the same. As they find their courage they shift from shapeless colors into numbers -- answering to "1" declaration to say no when picked on with "Me Two" and "Me Three." The metaphor rolls on nicely when blue declares he wants to "COUNT" as well. And when red, in desperation, bullies blue again, blue becomes 6. When red attacks, the numbers stand together, and red becomes small.
Maybe the most lovely moment of the book is when blue invites red to count too....red becomes 7 and joins in. The final message of the book is that "sometimes is just takes One."
In today's world, this is such an important message. One person has and can change the world, and it's a small act that can do so.Read more ›
I would highly recommend this book to classroom teachers, therapists, and anyone else who works with children.
I know, right? How does an author pull those elements together? Not without serious thought, I'm sure. The basic premise is that the color red is bullying all the other colors, but blue especially. And no one will defend Blue or do anything about it. Until one day One arrives and stands up to Red. No matter what Red says, One will not back down. This is enough to encourage the colors, one by one, to stand up to Red and be counted. And in the end, Blue finally finds his voice, too, and lets himself also be counted--Blue finally sees his own worth and understands that he, too, has value. And all it took was One to stand up to the bully.
It's a pretty powerful message, I think. Mob mentality works both ways--to create bullies, but also to bring them down. In keeping silent, all the colors aided and abetted the bullying of poor Blue. But once One spoke up, and then all the rest and the rest, the mob of "worthy" colors knocked Red down to size.
Of course, it's cool that this book will also help kiddos learn to count and recognize colors, but the message behind it makes this book stand out.Read more ›
We have read "One" to our high school peer counseling class and they liked the book as well as my daughter's fifth grade class, and my son's third grade class. If a teacher wanted a simple book with powerful messages to read to any age group this book would have to be in the top five.
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A "must have" book for every child's bookshelf! Great story that sparks important discussions about bullying, acceptance and friendship. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Libbyland
Okay, so I could write a book about this book! That's just how wonderful it is. I am a Art teacher with my own program in a public school and I teach art from an approach that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sharee
Dare I say, even better than Eric Carl, or at least equal to...in story-telling as well as beautiful art and colors. A worthy addition to any library to be sure.Published 1 month ago by oldbetsy
Absolutely the best children's book out today. This book teaches so many wonderful concepts - from letter, number, word and color recognition to addressing childhood bullying and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by CMM1929
Bought this for my five year old who is being bullied by a first grader. Read the book to her and she loved it, sparking little conversations that helped her express her feelings. Read morePublished 2 months ago by D.G. Stebbins