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Violet Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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"Jovanovic keeps things interesting by creating a world that is part Dr. Seuss, part The Little Prince, and part something else quite unique...This familiar-yet-strange environment makes it easier to deal with the tricky issue of race with getting bogged down in earnest preaching. As a result, while the message will have a special resonance for mixed-race families, any kid who has ever felt 'different' will feel right at home."(Quill & Quire 2009-09-01)
"The story's innovative and fresh approach succeeds in imparting an important, but timeless message. Violet provides a chance for readers to explore this topic with the help of parents and teachers. Jovanovic's art captures this colourful world with wild, exuberant digital illustrations featuring double page spreads of strangely shaped kids that are portrayed with long skinny limbs. The whimsical drawings are full of fun details, add a comical twist and are as inventive as the story line. Recommended." (CM Magazine 2009-09-11)
"This simple, smart tale is a great way for adults to introduce the concept of difference to young people, opening the way to positive discussions, insight and opportunities for us all to be proud of who we are." (Canadian Bookseller Magazine 2009-10-01)
"A sensitive and memorable story... The celebration of differences message is very clear in Violet, which is additionally enriched by a plethora of spicy, imaginative, full page color illustrations."(Midwest Book Review 2009-11-01)
"I can see this book being a real asset for discussions and themes on differences and diversity." (Teach with Picture Books blog 2010-04-29)
About the Author
Vanja Vuleta is a multimedia artist and a free-lance graphic designer who has had her work displayed in several shows. She was born in former Yugoslavia and presently resides in Toronto. This is her first time illustrating a children’s book.
Top Customer Reviews
This is a gentle story that tackles a sensitive subject, mixed race children, with a light, positive tone. It also manages to sneak in a little lesson on mixing primary colors to get secondary colors.
I think this would be an excellent book for all children, not just those from mixed families. Every child should be made aware of comments that may hurt the feelings of children who see themselves, or are seen as, different than the majority. As well, the story shows that the child of mixed race parents can be both beautiful and precious.
The drawings are lively and fun. The length and vocabulary level would be suited to children in second grade but younger children would enjoy hearing the story read by an adult. I think this would be a wonderful addition to the books parents read to their children before they begin school.
This would be a great book for all children, not just children in multiracial/interracial families.
this is a good book to introduce racial difference in a very non-confrontational way. the different colours could represent different things to different people, but it teaches the that though you may be different from people on the outside, you should always be proud of who you are because you are a special person. blue and red are pretty generic colours so it isn't a book about certain races but is abstract enough to let anyone insert themselves.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely perfect book for children who are thinkers! Fun, purposeful and brilliant! Shipping was amazing, arrived before expected!Published 16 months ago by LISA SCHAEDLER