- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 380 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Greenwillow Books (February 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062252074
- ISBN-13: 978-0062252074
- ASIN: 0062252070
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.2 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 238 customer reviews
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Red: A Crayon's Story Hardcover – February 3, 2015
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SELF-AWARENESS; SELF-ESTEEM; SOCIAL AWARENESS
“[A] fresh approach to colors and feelings. . . . Readers will share all the emotional elements of the tale—humor, despair, sadness, frustration, and finally, excitement.” (Booklist (starred review))
“When a red-labeled crayon discovers he’s actually blue, he finds joy, ebullience and acceptance. . . . Hall’s compositions . . . convey a strong sense of emotion. Red captures [his feelings] . . . in an exuberant, far-reaching sky. Smartly designed and appealing, Red’s story offers much for discussion and affirmation.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Crayon Red may be labeled red, but he colors blue. . . . Once he lets go of his label and proclaims, “I’m blue!” everything turns around . . . Smart design, bold colors, and sharp details keep the story both effective and amusing.” (Horn Book Magazine)
“Red is a crayon, and children will see his problem right away: his label reads ‘red,’ but he’s blue. . . . The overly cheerful encouragement Red endures will sound familiar to any child who’s struggled to perform. . . . Unexpectedly affecting.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Funny and poignant . . . Hall’s latest picture book is all about staying true to oneself, no matter what others say. . . . Witty and heartwarming [and] sure to become a favorite for children and adults alike.” (School Library Journal)
“Funny and clever, with a wonderful message about embracing who we are.” (Huffington Post)
“This story of mistaken identity has a simple yet profound premise that makes it feel fresh.” (USA Today)
“[A] smart, insightful coming-of-age story for [the] youngest readers.” (Shelf Awareness)
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I had my seven year old son read this and he LOVED it. His interpretation was that you keep trying and you'll see what you're good at.
No matter how you read it, it's about acceptance and loving yourself and others no matter how they may be...and I don't see how that could be a negative.
Ps. And I am totally giving this to a trans teen I know. An easy way of saying who you are is just great. So yes, good for trans/gay etc. kids too just not exclusive to them.