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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

Tania Stehlik is an elementary school teacher with the Toronto District School Board. She was born and raised in Montreal, but currently lives in Toronto with her husband Rob. She is of Indian and French Canadian descent and takes great pride in her mixed heritage from which the story of Violet is inspired. This is her first book.

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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Second Story Press (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897187602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897187609
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a wonderful story and my students LOVE it. I use it to teach acceptance of self and others. Primary colors are used to represent the differences of characters through the story and help explain, Why??? Violet is Violet. A great story!
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Purchased as a gift for my nephew, who is mixed-race. His mom called me crying because she was happy that she could share a book with her son that seemed to "get" him and his uniqueness without making him feel different or out of place.
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The cover attracted me to this book. Campy, colorful drawings of butterflies, leaves, flowers, and designs surround the word Violet and the picture of an extremely skinny little girl whose skin is purple. The story is fairly simple. Violet begins school and is nervous about making friends. The first day goes well until her father comes to pick her up. Then a girl asks Violet why she isn’t blue like her father. At home, Violet’s mother, who is red, explains that Violet is a mixture of the two of them.

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.
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The plot was appropriate for the intended age group and the moral of the story is explicit. The illustrations were bland so it isn't one of those books a child would pick to look at the pictures over and over again.
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My three-year-old has started to have a lot of questions about why her family looks different than most. This book does a wonderful job opening up that conversation in a way that a young child can understand. Plus, the illustrations are beautiful which my little creative girl loves.

This would be a great book for all children, not just children in multiracial/interracial families.
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By elfdart on November 2, 2009
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violet is a girl who lives in a world where all of the people she knows are primary colours. one day her dad picks her up from school and a friend asks why her dad is blue and she is violet. violet is a little upset by this and begins to question why she is different from all of the kids at school and even from her own parents, she goes home to ask her parents and her mom, who is red, sits her down and tells her that it's not a bad thing to be different from the kids at school. she puts blue and red paint on a piece of paper and mixes them together to demonstrate that violet is a combination of her mom and her dad, making her special because she is a little bit of both of them. violet feels happy that she is a bit of both her parents and the next day at school tells the friend so with pride.

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.
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"Violet" is a sensitive and memorable story about a girl named Violet who also is violet, a different color from either of her parents, one of whom is red and the other blue. She attends her first day at a new school with some misgivings, but remembers what her mother tells her: "Just be yourself. People should like you for who you are, not what color you are." At school she meets all sorts of other children. There are red children, yellow children, and blue children. When a classmate asks her why her dad is blue, she is unsure what to say. She talks further to her mother and discovers she is of mixed heritage and that this is a good thing. the next time a classmate asks her if her mother is red, she answers "Yep! ...My mom is red, my dad is blue, and I... am Violet!" The celebrations of differences message is very clear in "Violet," which is additionally enriched by a plethora of spicy, imaginative, full page color illustrations. "Violet" is aimed at the elementary ages 6-10.
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Great children's book on being mixed. Either race, nationality and even just teaching children on being proud of who they are even if they are a little different than the rest.
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