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Summary: What would happen to our world if there were no colors? This is a story about a colorless world and what it might be like. The story offers parents a chance to talk about beauty as well as diversity.
Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book,
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12
Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: "I didn’t like the darkness. I liked the pages with color. If I had a colorless scooter, I would not ride it."
Adult Reader Reaction: This book could be used as a springboard for discussing the beauty in the world around us. I would have loved to have the author elaborate on the final thought "Differently colored people of many races across our land would no longer be unique and special)" or perhaps that is where the parents could fill in the blank. I like the What Would You Do question and the Looking Through the Pages section at the end.
Pros: This book brings up an interesting discussion about viewing the world without colors.
Cons: This book ends too abruptly.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a title you would get at the library when you want to have different perspectives on the world/multiculturalism.
Educational Themes: This book could be used to teach about the magnificence of rainbows and color in art; it could be used with older kids to teach about multiculturalism and the value of each individual regardless of skin color.
Literary Categories: non-fiction - picture book, art