Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"Violet" - a bookwrap

The Colour Violet...



Authored by Tania Duprey Stehlik
Illustrated by Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic
Ages 5-8

Advance Praise

"Kids will delight in and connect with this biracial/multiracial story and the colorful illustrations." - Teaching Tolerance magazine

Tania Stehlik’s tale is simple yet effective, and illustrator Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic keeps things interesting by creating a world that is part Dr. Seuss, part The Little Prince, and part something else quite unique...while the message will have a special resonance for mixed-race families, any kid who has ever felt “different” will feel right at home. (Quill & Quire 2009-09-01)

Unwrapping some wonderful illustrations for you to enjoy...

About the book...

Violet is not up to her first day at a new school.  She finally braces herself and off she goes into unknown terrain.  She worries the kids won't like and accept her.  Luckily she gets through the day and waits for her dad to pick her up.  When he finally arrives a boy startles her by asking a question that Violet had never even considered before.  

Is that your dad? "How come your dad is blue and you're not?"  

Violet opens her eyes and looks around the kids in the schoolyard.  Every kid there is either yellow, red or blue. Why in the world is she violet?  Oh my! 

She becomes upset and confused and goes to her mother to ask her why.  Her wise, loving mom takes paints and mixes the red paint with the blue paint which makes the beautiful colour violet.  She tenderly tells her...

"Well, I am red and daddy is blue and you, my beauty, are a bit of us both." 

"Watch," she said, "if you take red and mix in a little blue, you get a  lovely purply - violet." 

She tells her daughter that there are many mixed children resulting in a whole rainbow of beautiful colours.  She assures her that she is amazing and to be proud of herself.  People should like her for who she is not the colour she is.  From that time on Violet celebrates the colour she is living in... PURPLE... my favourite colour too. 

Storywraps rating -  5 HUGS!!!!!

About the author...

Tania Stehlik is an elementary school teacher with the Toronto District School Board. She was born and raised in Montreal, but currently lives in Toronto with her husband Rob. She is of Indian and French Canadian descent and takes great pride in her mixed heritage from which the story of Violet is inspired. Violet is her first book.

About the illustrator...

Vanja is a multimedia artist and a free-lance graphic designer who has had her work displayed in several shows. She was born in former Yugoslavia and presently resides in Toronto. This is her first time illustrating a children's book.

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