Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Deceptively Simple Book With a Powerful Message About Bullying

“Otoshi's picture book about a bully stands out for its deceptive simplicity and its message of inclusion.”
-Shelf Awareness
One by Kathryn Otoshi

Blue is a quiet color. Red’s a hothead who likes to pick on Blue. Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don’t like what they see, but what can they do? When no one speaks up, things get out of hand — until One comes along and shows all the colors how to stand up, stand together, and count. As budding young readers learn about numbers, counting, and primary and secondary colors, they also learn about accepting each other's differences and how it sometimes just takes one voice to make everyone count.

“The use of colors and numbers gives the story a much needed universality, and there is a visceral power in the “strength-in-numbers” gambit… Otoshi cleverly offers a way to talk to very young children about the subject of bullying, even as she helps put their imaginations to work about solutions.”
-Booklist, starred review

"The text is very simple, but meaningful, and the moral is subtly told. This is an offering with great potential for use with very young readers."-School Library Journal (December)

One by Kathryn Otoshi
$22.00 Cloth

Available at your favourite local bookstore

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