One

Summary:

This simple book offers a powerful message. A blue color circle is bullied by a mean red circle. Finally, the number one stands up for little blue and everyone learns a lesson about being nice - to your friends AND your enemies!


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Simple yet expressive illustrations enhance this elegant, powerful, and peaceful message of acceptance and empathy.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Little Kid Reaction

I tried to read this with my 2-year-old, but he didn't like it. My 4-year-old liked the social dynamics of the story. We talked about the behaviors of the colors and related them to his experiences at school. Although it was a little too abstract at the beginning, as we have read it more, he is beginning to see the lessons.

Parent Reaction

I love this book. Mostly it has a wonderful message about standing up to bullies, but also reminds the reader that bullies are people, too. They have feelings and can be treated with kindness. I was surprised that my son grasped as much as he did. Otoshi finds an amazing way to give "blobs" of color personality and emotions.

Type of Book:
This picture book uses colors as characters in this allegory about friendship and bullying.
Educational Themes:

There are lessons of friendship, kindness, gentleness and integrity. You can also talk about standing up for what you think is right. This would make a great elementary school discussion book ... and maybe a great lesson for adults?!

Reading Level:
2.2
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with a 4-year-old boy.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! This is destined to be a classic. This is very much in the style of Leo Leoni. I would buy this book for a child 5 or older. The message is clear but the illustrations may be a bit too abstract for younger audiences.

Title One
About
Author Kathryn Otoshi
Publisher KO Kids Books © 2008
Illustrators Kathryn Otoshi
ISBN 9780972394642
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Emotions and Feelings
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