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The toddler in Kathy Stinson's Red Is Best has a problem. As she explains on the opening page of this appealing picture book, "My mom doesn't understand about red." Red is Kelly's favourite, and yet her mother is forever trying to convince her to wear other colours. Her mother's reasons are uniformly practical--for example, "Your red mitts have holes in them"--but they fail to take into account the magical powers her pint-sized daughter knows her red things possess. Her brown mittens may be warmer, but "my red mitts make better snowballs." Similarly, Kelly's red stockings help her jump higher, her red boots take bigger steps, and her red pyjamas "keep the monsters away when I'm sleeping."
In Red Is Best, Kathy Stinson takes a simple idea--the clash between the imaginative world of the toddler and the commonsensical world of parents--and develops it with humour and feeling. The enduring popularity of this understated picture book (first published in 1982) is no doubt due to its avoidance of the saccharine language and contrived story lines of so many picture books for this age group. But it also lies in Stinson's understanding of the toddler mind and in illustrator Robin Baird Lewis's lighthearted depiction of the feisty Kelly (who could be a younger sister of that famous 1950s picture-book heroine Eloise). The conclusion to Red Is Best distils toddler logic perfectly. "I like red," Kelly says, "because red is best." (Ages 2 to 4) --Lisa Alward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A delightful little book to read with youngsters, who find themselves explaining similar things to their parents. (Lake County Parents)
Delightful. (School Library Journal)
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Book is the size of a match box, super small. Size to scale would be nice on the page description.Published 23 hours ago by Jason D Ross
Cute book about a toddler who loves red. This is a favorite at our house! Also as others have mentioned the low price reflects the books size (it's 3 inch x 3 inch) . Read morePublished 1 day ago by Anonymous
i love this book and look forward to reading it to my granddaughter because everyone know that red is bestPublished 7 months ago by Elaine Sinclair
I love this book, but didn't expect it to be a little mini book. Great for the purse but I wish amazon had let me know this was the case somewhere obvious in the listing!Published 9 months ago by Rachel Vorstermans