I wanted to share a book with you. A book that the children keep asking for this week. They ask for it as soon as they wake in the mornings. They ask for it at breakfast. They ask for it at lunch. They ask for it before bed. This picture book by Michael Hall is simply called Red: A Crayon’s Story. Our three year old actually discovered this gem of a book at the library. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised.
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Red is a crayon’s story. A story I am sure many of us can relate to. You see, Red is actually a Blue crayon with red paper. But because of his red paper everyone assumes he is red. Thus they expect red things from him. Of course Red fails again and again and again, and all of the other crayons have opinions on why RED just can’t seem to be red.
Even though our three year old discovered this book, our eight year old is in love with it’s message. How many of us have felt like a blue crayon inside of a red wrapper? How many of us have been judged on our red abilities when inside we are really blue. This book started great conversations in our home about labeling others, about how people are different and have different talents and abilities. Some people learn differently. Some people think differently. Some people see the world in a different way…and all of that is OK. It’s more than OK. It’s a lovely thing.