Red is Best: 25th Anniversary Edition Hardcover – Sep 1 2006
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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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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.....
I am very happy with the seller otherwise, and I have ordered multiple times. The shipping is always fast and the items so far have been in perfect condition. I will probably purchase a larger version of this book since I enjoy the story just as much as my kindergarteners. However, due to the teeny, tiny size of this particular version of the book, it is not going to work for a read-aloud.
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Arrived on time. Perhaps I didn't notice but these books are tiny little 3in x 3in books. Not board books. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Esiuolm
I read the description wrong when ordering, so my husband and I had a good laugh when we opened the package to find this tiny adorable book. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Ellie
Love the story. Book quality isn't the greatest compared to the other mini books I bought for my son's birthday loot bags.Published 4 months ago by ASayed
Those are pocket size books and I got them during amazon's promotion.
The finally price was very low.
My son is a four year old. Read more
I was expecting a full size book. Got a pocket book instead. Book was in great condition and arrived on time.Published 6 months ago by Holly