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Red is Best [Special Edition] [Library Binding]

Kathy Stinson , Robin Lewis
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Book Description

Sept. 12 2006

A modern classic that continues to prove no color is finer.

Young Kelly's mom doesn't understand about red. Sure, the brown mittens are warmer, but the red mitts make better snowballs. And the red boots aren't just for rain; they take bigger steps in any weather. And, yes, a red cup does make a difference... juice just doesn't taste as good in a green one. No doubt about it, red is best.

Kathy Stinson's classic tale of one toddler's obstinate color preference has been charming readers for 25 years. With over 275,000 copies in print, Red is Best has steadily marched its way to become a children's book classic. Now a new generation of readers can discover Stinson's insistent young heroine, aptly captured in the simple drawings of Robin Baird Lewis -- each one punctuated by the right dazzle of red.

With its plucky charm presented in a redesigned interior, and a special cover commemorating the book's 25th anniversary, the re-release of Red is Best is sure to be a red-letter day.

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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.


Delightful. (School Library Journal)

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

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
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for any child or child-at-heart! Nov. 13 1998
By A Customer
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mini book! Aug. 18 2011
By kenhow
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rip Off Feb. 16 2012
By Marla
I can't believe it was a mini book. I wish I would have read the other reviewers before ordering it and paid attention to the size. Waste of money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in a miniature. Feb. 8 2012
By K
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Oct. 20 2011
By Jenny.
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars fast arrival Sept. 4 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Its a really good child`s book i would recommend it too all parents kids really seem to enjoy it.Thanks alot
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cute, pleasing book for little kids. :)
Published 23 days ago by Carol Ann Rowland
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood favorite
Love this book, my children grew up on reading all this authors book :). Kathy is a wonderful Canadian author who writes book for kids that deal with the issues that kids have.
Published on June 24 2012 by jt
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love, LOVE this book!
I bought this for my own children after I heard a friend reading it to hers. Simple, sweet, and kids relate to it so well. It's definitely a favourite in our house.
Published on May 22 2011 by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Mom's just don't understand
My daughter and I both love this book. The text flows nicely off your tongue, which is perfect because you'll want to read it over and over again. Read more
Published on March 9 2011 by StaceyWynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Such a cute book!
This is a tiny little book that you can fit in your pocket or purse. The story is super cute and my four year old daughter really likes it. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2009 by Tracey
1.0 out of 5 stars What a Rip Off !!!!!
I am so angry that I paid $11.23 for a book that is only about 3" X 3"!!
I thought I was buying a full size book! No where did you say that it was this size!!! Read more
Published on July 2 2009 by Janice E. Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, teeny tiny version
Love this story! Young and old can relate to the theme of having a favorite colour/item that you wear every day. Note: this is a teeny tiny version with very small print.
Published on May 4 2009 by Proud Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars You know you have a winner when your child reads to you...
Yes! I hit the mark when I bought this one. My daughter reads this one to me! Love it.
Published on April 7 2009 by L. Gosse
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