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This Book Is Gray Hardcover – Picture Book, December 1, 2019
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Gray just wants to be included. But the other colors are always leaving him out. So he decides to create his own project: an all-gray book. Once upon a time, there lived a wolf, a kitten, and a hippo…
Gray just knows it’s going to be perfect. But as he adds page after page, the Primary and Secondary colors show up…and they aren’t quite so complimentary.
A book within a book, this colorful tale explores the ideas of fitting in, appreciating others, and looking at things from another perspective and also uses personality and wit to introduce basic color concepts.
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“This book is a fun introduction to color theory that may inspire children to use more gray in their artwork and remind them to include friends who are left out.” ―Booklist
“A colorful primer on relationships and how to complement one another.” ―School Library Journal
About the Author
Lindsay Ward is the creator of the Dexter T. Rexter series as well as Brobarians, Rosco vs. the Baby, and The Importance of Being 3. Her book Please Bring Balloons was also made into a play. Lindsay lives in Peninsula, Ohio, with her family. Gray is one of her favorite colors. Learn more about her online at www.lindsaymward.com.
- Publisher : Two Lions (December 1, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542043409
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542043403
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : 550L
- Grade level : Preschool - 2
- Item Weight : 1.06 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #92,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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BUT -- I have one regret -- I wish I were an illustrator as colorful as Lindsay Ward, the author/artist here. She even makes GRAY such a lively color. And that's in the face of criticism from more colorful colors--whether primary, secondary, achromatic, complementary, or monochromatic colors. They're all there, trying to exclude GRAY. Reading and gazing on the pages of this book took me into a RAINBOW OF DELIGHT and left me there!
LESSON ONLY FOR KIDS? YEAH, SURE! Then I'm a kid of 70+ years old. I'm going to have this around my house, share it with children and adults alike. Do that too, and you will help make the world a better place, more accepting of people who at first sight might appear less colorful than you and your heroes.
Some of my young friends--and even crotchety older friends--are going to get this book for Christmas!
Publication date: December 1, 2019
Publisher: Two Lions
I downloaded this book through the Amazon First Reads Program for our daughter. We sat down and read the book together. She complained that the print in the Kindle edition is too small on my 7" screen. Perhaps this book would look much better with a larger screen. She enjoyed the story but was not excited about it. She seemed to enjoy our discussion more than the actual reading.
This is a pretty basic story about how leaving someone out of activities is hurtful. It also teaches that all have something to contribute. Very early in life I was fortunate enough to work with a wide variety of people with different levels of education and ability. I was taught to treat everyone with respect. By the time I began my adult career it was almost a mantra with me that everyone I met knew something or how to do something which I didn't. This book reinforces teaching that philosophy to our daughter and fits in with the second greatest commandment - Love your neighbor as yourself.
By SLP on November 14, 2019
Poor Gray. All the other little kids are always leaving him out. It is an emotion every child remembers, especially the ones who are just never old enough to be included.
It's a very pretty and funny story. It is one that will be easy to get children involved in. They all have favorite colors.
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I have to say as a 43 year old man it was ok. I mean I'm not hoping for a movie adaptation or anything but it was the best illustrated kids book I've read in about 40 years.
On another level this book is about diversity and accepting different point of views. Loved it for that.