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Summary: This is the story of two gray, donkey-like tribes who live on separate sides of an island. A color comet hits the middle of the island one night, and one side turns red and the other blue. They eventually meet in the middle at a pool of yellow, start to fight over the new color, but learn to work together. As they learn to work together, they also learn about the beautiful new colors that are made when red, blue, and yellow are blended. This is a picture book about coloration.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 8
Interest Level: 3 to 6
Age of Child: Read to a group of pre-school aged children. Also shared with 6-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: All of the children liked the book. They were very interested in the colors, asked lots of questions about the tribespeople, and at the end, my younger child said, “They makin’ a rainbow!” They then asked to read it several more times.
Our daughter liked being able to learn more by going to the Internet.
Adult Reader Reaction: I thought it was a little wordy, but it kept the kids’ attention, and was a fun lesson on colors and blending colors.
Pros: The illustrations are very engaging, and the story offers lessons about working together.
Cons: Some readers may find the book too wordy.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. If I could get it for a good price, buy it, but otherwise, search for it at the library.
Educational Themes: This is an excellent lesson on colors and how new colors can be made by blending the primary colors. It would also be good as a starting point for a discussion about where colors come from, respecting differences, and working together.