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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Annick Press; 25th Anniversary Edition edition (Sept. 12 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155451052X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554510528
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #196,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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A delightful little book to read with youngsters, who find themselves explaining similar things to their parents. (Lake County Parents 2007-01-00)

Delightful. (School Library Journal)

No. 1, Top 32 Books You Should Read Before You Grow Up No. 1, Top 32 Books You Should Read Before You Grow Up (Canadian Children's Book News 2010-03-00)

No. 1, Top 32 Canadian Books for Children That You Should Read Before You Grow Up (Book News 2010-03-00)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 6 1998
Format: Paperback
This was one of my favourites as a child, and now that I've reached the ripe old age of 19, I still read it now and then. This book is brilliantly written from a kid's point of view (i.e. "juice tastes better in the red cup"), so all kids will enjoy it. I thought it was a nice touch that Kelly's mom lost patience about having everything red. That is SO true!
And just for the record, my red sweater keeps me warmer, my red mitts make better snowballs, my red shoes make my feet dance, my red socks make my toes wiggle.....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 13 1998
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This is a "feel good" book! I first bought this for my niece, and I loved it so much, I had to get one myself! I think Stinson really hits on the way a child's imagination works. The little girl, Kelly, can do anything when she is wearing her favorite color red. It makes me want to go buy everything red!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kenhow on Aug. 18 2011
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I was happy with how quickly this arrived but did not know this was going to be a mini book. It should be made more obvious that this is a mini book to the buyer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Derinoe on Jan. 24 2009
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This was one of my favourite books growing up and I have been looking for it forever. I must have checked this book out at least a hundred times from my public school library as a child. The story is simple, but fun and explains that connection that children get to toys, or books, or clothes, simply because to them they are "the best."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By petri dish on March 20 2009
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I was expecting maybe a 10" x 9" book or something like that... no, it turns out it's about 4" x 3"! I should have realized that with a $1.25 book, so I guess it's my own stpuidity! Good book otherwise except it gets demolished by your child in about 2 minutes!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K on Feb. 8 2012
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I was very happy with how quickly the book arrived. This was one of my childhood favourites, but my excitement was severely dulled by the fact that this book is a ninth the size of the original! How can I enjoy and be immersed in the book when I can hardly see the detail? Very disappointed. Now I'm reluctant to re-buy this in the larger size because this book feels like a waste.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenny. on Oct. 20 2011
Format: Paperback
I love this book so much. I bought it because Kathy Stinson is coming to do a workshop at my school... Was definitely NOT happy when I opened the parcel to find that this book is MINI. There's not even enough room for her to sign it! Will not be buying books from Amazon again as it never stated that it was, in fact, MINI.
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By Jess on Dec 2 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I remember reading this when I was little. I don't know why people are complaining that its too small. First of all its a mini book, people need to read more when making purchases online! You cant give bad review or low rating because of your own mistake... second is $1.99!! Who cares if its a mini book. This is going to be stocking stuffer for my little one and something we can easily tote around in a purse or diaper bag. The story is really cute and so is the size.
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