Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Red - a most beautiful colour


Quote of the Day:
"I love bright red drinks, don't you? They taste twice as good as any other colour."
                              - L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

The book I am highlighting today hits close to home.  I grew up with red hair and I did not like it one little bit.  I got called names at school such as Woody Woodpecker, or told red hair comes with a bad temper.  Today's bully names include: ginger, tomato, Little Orphan Annie and I am sure there are hundreds more that the intimidating tongued bully can throw out there.  Not only did I have red hair I had a face full of freckles that went with that skin colour package.  There was not a spot on my face where you couldn't find a freckle.  They were so smooched together on top of my nose there were no spaces at all between someone took a paintbrush and swiped a light brown landing strip across my nose....and yes I hated them too.  I remember putting lemon juice on them and sitting in the sun so they would disappear.....hey what did I know....I was just a kid.  It didn't work.  As an adult I have healed from my red hair trauma and guess what?  The only freckles I own are on my arms so I guess the lemon juice worked after all because my facial specks have disappeared.  I wish I had had this book back then maybe I could have come to love my red hair too.....

                                 Title: Red is the Color of....
                                 Author: Tiffany Haisten
                                 Ages:  6+

"I hate my red hair!" and the story takes off.....

Tiffany feels like her red hair sets her apart from the rest of the kids around her.  She just wants to be "normal" and blend in, not feeling all weird because her red hair makes her stick out from the rest of the pack. Her wise mom sits her daughter down and they have a tête-à-tête regarding the beauty that Tiffany possesses on top of her head.  Her mother explains that the colour red is a beautiful colour. Why after all,  roses are red, red is a colour in the rainbow and Christmas stockings are red....the world badly need the colour red.  Red is the true colour of love.  

With rich language and adorable, sweet illustrations Mom convinces Tiffany to accept her red hair which is one of her assets that makes her unique and special.  This book is beautifully written and is sure to boost your child's self-esteem.  It is a perfect read-aloud and will evoke lots of discussion about your own child's uniqueness, a uniqueness to celebrate not shy away from. I highly recommend this book.

About the author:

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I am a mother, a former elementary school teacher, and I love writing. Many may think that I spend my days locked in a cozy home library, sipping lattes, and writing the next best thing in literature! This is far from the truth, most of my days are spent playing with my son, doing dishes, conquering the laundry ( which is the never ending story in my house), navigating the grocery store, and in the evenings carving out a little time to write. I get inspiration from my crazy daily life, which one cannot get in a cozy home library! Everyday is a new story to be written...
I wrote "Red is the Color of..." because I wanted to make children aware that the things that make us different from one another are the very things that make us wonderfully special. The book deals with my own experiences with being bullied and how my mother helped re-shape my self esteem and encourage self acceptance. This is my first published work and I hope that someday I may add a few more!

                                      Book Review Rating:  8  (Fantastic!)

Read on and read always!  Have an amazing day everyone.

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