- Hardcover: 24 pages
- Publisher: Second Story Press (Sept. 10 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1897187602
- ISBN-13: 978-1897187609
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 136 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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- #245 in Books > Children's Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Difficult Discussions > Prejudice & Racism
- #323 in Books > Children's Books > Early Learning > Basic Concepts > Colours
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Quill & Quire
When Violet heads off for her first day at a new school, her main worry is whether or not the other kids will like her. She soon finds friends, but a new concern arises when a boy asks her a startling question: why isn’t she the same colour as her father? Violet has never noticed the difference. Neither has the reader, given that everyone here seems to be an unusual hue – red, blue, yellow. Violet suddenly realizes that her mother is red and her father is blue. So why is she purple? Violet’s mother uses tubes of paint to explain what happens when red and blue are combined and reassures her daughter that there are other purple people, even if no one at school is quite her colour. Tania Stehlik’s tale is simple yet effective, and illustrator Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic keeps things interesting by creating a world that is part Dr. Seuss, part The Little Prince, and part something else quite unique, a place full of wonky lines and unexpected blobs, in which flowers, snails, and butterflies appear in odd places (perched on someone’s hair, flying out a car window, crawling up a lampshade). This familiar-yet-strange environment makes it easier to deal with the tricky issue of race without getting bogged down in earnest preaching. As a result, while the message will have a special resonance for mixed-race families, any kid who has ever felt “different” will feel right at home.
Tania Stehlik’s tale is simple yet effective, and illustrator Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic keeps things interesting by creating a world that is part Dr. Seuss, part The Little Prince, and part something else quite unique...while the message will have a special resonance for mixed-race families, any kid who has ever felt “different” will feel right at home. (Quill & Quire 2009-09-01)
Violet, anticipating the first day of school, is nervous about making friends and fitting in. And while her fears are partially founded when students are surprised to discover the color of her parents, Stehlik’s message remains upbeat...Although the setting is clearly the lower grades of elementary school, long-limbed Violet and her peers look like middle schoolers, and the hand-drawn feel of the pictures brings to mind the anime-influenced journal marginalia of an intensely emotional adolescent. If the message is less than subtle, it should still be a comfort to readers, particularly those of mixed heritage, who struggle with belonging. (Publisher's Weekly 2009-09-28)
Violet is violet. Artist Jovanovic has painted a colourful, topsy-turvy world for her heroine to inhabit, and Violet is a stick-figure girl with a mop of black, spiky hair and pale purple skin. (The Globe and Mail 2009-09-26)
Violet is a sensitive and memorable story… The celebration of differences message is very clear in Violet, which is additionally enriched by a plethora of spicy, imaginative, full page color illustrations. (Midwest Book Review 2009-11-01)
I can see this book being a real asset for discussions and themes on differences and diversity. (Teach with Picture Books Blog 2010-04-29)
Of course, this story lends itself to all sorts of activities with color mixing or elementary genetics, as well as serving as a good conversation starter. (Three Turtles and Their Pet Librarian blog 2010-06-16)
This is a visually interesting way to teach children about how people come in all sorts of different races. (Suddenly Books 2012-08-09)
This is a wonderful story about self acceptance and individuality... It has been an eye opener for my kids, as I’m sure it will be for yours. (Wordsbymom.com 2011-01-01)
This is a wonderful story about self-acceptance and individuality. The illustrations are great. As one would expect from a book about colours, it’s bright and vibrant and eye catching. (Toronto Star 2013-02-04)
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Is that your dad? "How come your dad is blue and you're not?"
Violet opens her eyes and looks around the kids in the schoolyard. Every kid there is either yellow, red or blue. Why in the world is she violet? Oh my!
She becomes upset and confused and goes to her mother to ask her why. Her wise, loving mom takes paints and mixes the red paint with the blue paint which makes the beautiful colour violet. She tenderly tells her...
"Well, I am red and daddy is blue and you, my beauty, are a bit of us both."
"Watch," she said, "if you take red and mix in a little blue, you get a lovely purply - violet."
She tells her daughter that there are many mixed children resulting in a whole rainbow of beautiful colours. She assures her that she is amazing and to be proud of herself. People should like her for who she is not the colour she is. From that time on Violet celebrates the colour she is living in... PURPLE... my favourite colour too.
Violet goes to school with blue kids, yellow kids, and red kids, but no where does she see any other purple kids, like herself. When one of the other kids asks why her dad is blue, and Violet isn't, she is left worrying about it. Luckily, her Mom knows just how to explain it to her.
Being that my daughter comes from two different backgrounds, I felt this was a great story to share with her. Tania has an interesting way of explaining that people are people, in a kid friendly way. The meaning behind this book is clear and inspirational. I can see this becoming a favourite, even just for the unique pictures alone.
Vanja has decorated each page with one of a kind artwork that appeals to my daughters' imagination. I can see a lot of parents loving this book, as much as their kids do.
I found it impressive that this is both the author, and the illustrator's first children's book. I hope to see more in the future.
I received a copy of this book for review purposes. Opinions are always honest, and my own.
this is a good book to introduce racial difference in a very non-confrontational way. the different colours could represent different things to different people, but it teaches the that though you may be different from people on the outside, you should always be proud of who you are because you are a special person. blue and red are pretty generic colours so it isn't a book about certain races but is abstract enough to let anyone insert themselves.
Note: The publisher provided a review copy of Violet
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