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Red: A Crayon's Story

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Fresh and meaningful take on the old axiom "be yourself."

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age 2+

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age 2+

Love it

I got this book from a friend for my 10 month old baby. I read it to him all the time he loves the colours and the pictures in it. It also has a really good meaning about being different and that it’s ok to be different. I think it’s a good idea to start reading books like these to them when their little so as they grow older they know not everyone is the same and you don’t have to try and be someone that your not.

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The moral "be yourself" abounds in children's books; in unskilled hands, the story can be colorless and stripped of meaning, but this is a completely fresh, kid-friendly take on the subject. Kids can see right away that Red is blue. And they'll relate when the other crayons (read: parents, teachers, peers) push him in ways that, though seemingly helpful and well-intentioned, feel uncomfortable and untrue to self.

The art is graphic and bright, the storytelling smart, and the emotion surprisingly affecting. Kids can take the message to heart, and the book can spur a family discussion.

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