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Violet Hardcover – Sep 10 2009

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  • 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #232,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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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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