" I am Violet"
Authored by Tania Duprey Stehlik
Illustrated by Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic
* Ages: 0-3
* Grade Level: PS
* Board Book: 10 pages
* Publisher: Second Story Press
* Pub. Date: April 14, 2020
* Language: English
“This brief board book, written by an author who is ‘of Indian and French-Canadian descent’, succinctly and effectively speaks to very young children of mixed race parentage who may recognize that, though they may share visible characteristics of both parents, they don’t fully resemble either. The book’s message is one of affirmation and of being proud of whom you are.” - Dave Jenkinson, CM: Canadian Review of Materials
Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You to Enjoy
"People come in a rainbow of colors." Thus begins a board book for babies and toddlers that will give them insight as to why there are so many people with a variety of different skin colours.
Violet notices this phenomena as she takes note of the people around her. She realizes that she herself is a magical mixture of her mom, who is red, and her dad, who is blue. She has beautiful colored violet skin which makes her very special and unique indeed. She is very proud and happy to be violet.
I think the targeted audience is too young and the book might be better served by presenting it to a slightly older one that is able to grasp the concept much more easily. The book is simple, very short and would be great for a beginner reader. The original "Violet" book has much more detail in it and it gives the reader a better understanding of the message that the author is trying to convey. The book presented at baby/toddler ages will need parental help as discussions will need to be shared for that young age group to comprehend the true meaning that is being presented. The illustrations are colourful, whimsical and very kid-friendly. "I am Violet" is a catalyst for both the young and the old to celebrate the beautiful skin colour that they are born into. I recommend this book.
Storywraps Rating - 3 + HUGS!!!
Meet the Author
Tania Duprey 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. This 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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