A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows kids putting differences aside and appreciating one another's differences. Also shows them having empathy and participating in a demonstration to demand more playgrounds.
Ask questions. Questions can help you "learn something really BIG about the world or really small about another person." Laughing helps us "remember the things we share and forget what we thought made us different. It's almost impossible to be angry when you're laughing." Speak up, but also listen. Work together to "change something that needs changing ... fix something that needs fixing ... or help someone who needs helping." Just be you.
Positive Role Models
Little girl narrator is exuberant, empathetic, encouraging. Her family members are loving, fun, supportive. Her mom encourages her to use her voice "to sing ... to give good ideas ... to share my opinions." With her grandpa, she builds things, reads and learns things, and grows things. The girl and her family are White, but the rest of the adults and kids represent a diverse array of ages, body types, skin colors, ethnicities. One kid is in a wheelchair, one girl wears a hijab.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The World Needs More Purple People, by actress Kristen Bell (The Good Place) and Benjamin Hart, is a feel-good call to arms to be a "purple person," who, young narrator Penny Purple explains, is someone who asks great questions, laughs a lot, uses their voice all the time, works hard, and is always their authentic self. The implication is that like red and blue, which work together to make purple, you can work together with folks who are different from you to get things done and have fun. With cute cartoon-like illustrations by Daniel Wiseman and an enthusiastic main character who speaks directly to the reader, it sweeps kids up in a can-do, inclusive community where kids work, play, act silly, and even organize together.
Is It Any Good?
This cheerful take on looking beyond people's differences to work together has cute cartoon art and an enthusiastic narrator to guide kids along. The upbeat message is a bit high concept and muddled, though. Adults will grasp the metaphor of red people and blue people putting their differences aside to work together and get things done, but it will probably sail over kids' heads, unless a parent or caregiver chooses to explain it. But even if they don't get the political implications, young readers will enjoy the images of kids coming together, having fun, and even trying some kid-size activism on for size. It's inspiring and empowering with a light touch.
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