Red, A Crayon’s Story
by Michael Hall
Greenwillow Books, 2015
Mislabeled, a red crayon cannot perform as others expect him to. When he draws a fire engine and it is not red, his teacher says he needs more practice. Yellow suggests they make an orange, but it turns an unexpected green. “He’s got to press harder,” says Army Green. But, alas, Red just can’t make the color red.
Then one day, Berry sees Red for who he really is and asks him to make an ocean for his boat. Red says he cannot, but Berry encourages him to do so. Red finally does and he makes a wonderful blue ocean. Accepted for who he is and able to express himself freely, Red makes a bluebird, a blue whale, blueberries and even a glorious blue sky! He is free to be himself, at last!
Living my life as an extrovert instead of the quiet child I am, I understood this story on an intuitive level. I loved it! It speaks to anyone who is trying to be someone they are not.
Read the many reviews on Amazon from teachers and librarians who have had great success using the story as a teaching point on differences.
If you like this review, check out Exclamation Mark, which follows a similar theme of fitting in when you’re different.