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What If Your Best Friend Were Blue? by [Kochan, Vera]
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What if your best friend were blue? What if your doctor were yellow? Would it change things? A child imagines what the world would be like if people in his community each had a different skin color. Child-friendly acrylic illustrations and a strong read-aloud text gently teach colors while showing that it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

About the Author

Vera Kochan is a Marshall Cavendish author.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2375 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (Jan. 5 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006TMKE3Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #222,824 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was an adorable story with colorful illustrations. A good book for beginner readers. Bought for my grade one son.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9f9ac33c) out of 5 stars 51 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9facaad4) out of 5 stars Not well formatted - FIXED Oct. 18 2012
By Marcos - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a nice book, albeit very short. I mean nice probably in the printed form, because in Kindle it is a disaster. There was no attention to the move to the kindle format, so the illustrations and the text just fall randomly wherever they want. Not nice when you are reading to a five year book.
This would be very easy to fix: just a big illustration for each page, with the eventual text below. Obvious, isn't it ?

When we compare this poorly executed disaster with the beautiful iBook works available for children, it doesn't stand a chance.

UPDATE Dec 2012

After this review, a representative from the publisher called me to say the book had been fixed. It was good customer service. She didn't ask for an update in the review, but I think the book deserves more stars, because it now works fine.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f9bbc24) out of 5 stars Great Idea, Poor Execution March 27 2013
By S. E. Rhoads - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I really wanted to like What If Your Best Friend Were Blue? by Vera Kochan. My wife and I talk with our children a lot about racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity, and we had hoped that this book might lead to some more in-depth conversations about different colors of skin. However, this book is aimed at a much lower level of discourse than what we had anticipated. The author tries to teach colors by presenting people in a rainbow of hues: a blue best friend, a green policewoman, a yellow doctor, a purple fireman, a red teacher, and an orange babysitter. The little boy who is the main character of the book is white; there are no brown people anywhere. For a story that ostensibly is trying to teach a lesson about the beauty of diversity, I think the range of brown skin tones are a glaring omission.

My daughters love the simple prose and bright illustrations by Viviana Garofoli, but I cannot recommend this book. It takes a complex and important topic and turns it into something unrealistic and unhelpful. People are not blue or purple or red or yellow. And the book begins with a premise that the children reading the book will automatically be suspicious of someone with a different skin tone. I find that problematic because children only pick up that attitude when they observe it in adults.

So, if you are looking to provide your children with a book to discuss different skin tones, What If Your Best Friend Were Blue? is really not the best place to start. Look for books that illustrate people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds (such as Whoever You Are by Mem Fox) and take your children to places where they can interact with different kinds of people. Most importantly, have conversations about diversity so that children learn it's okay to notice differences-- and the differences aren't as important as the similarities. This book tries to convey that message, but it's not done in a way that adds depth or authenticity to the conversation.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fa55858) out of 5 stars It's good to make your child aware March 27 2013
By KO - Published on
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Most kids now a days don't seem to see others as colors. It's a fact. My daughter is Korean, Scottish and Italian. I am adopted and I come from a very diverse family, my husband doesn't. It doesn't matter where you live, it's still good to teach your kids that you treat others with respect. It's not just even about color in my opinion. I loved this book. I thought it was cute and still fun to read to my 3 month old.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9faca8f4) out of 5 stars Simple story of skin color not mattering... but it felts like it should rhyme and it didn't. March 28 2013
By dinglefest - Published on
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"What if your [insert person] were [insert a color that isn't a natural skin color]?" That wouldn't change the person they are underneath.

That's the message of this book as babysitters are orange, teachers are red (actually, more pink than red), firefighters are purple, best friends are blue, doctors are yellow and policewomen are green. No mater what color they are, they can still be helpful and friendly. For our family, which includes multiple skin colors through adoption, it's a story that my kids live out already but is nice to have reaffirmed in book form.

My only issue was that it felt stilted because something about the flow made it seem to me like it should rhyme. I'm perfectly fine with children's book that don't rhyme, but I kept being thrown off by the cadence of this because the rhymes never came as expected. It still works, and the kids didn't mind, so this could just be a quirk of mine!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa286fccc) out of 5 stars Great lesson and fun illustrations March 27 2013
By 319 - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
This story teaches children that regardless of what people look like, it doesn't change who they are. For example: What if a policewoman were green? Even if a policewoman were green, she'd still help a lost child find their parents. What if your teacher were red? She'd still teach children new things everyday. I really like the moral of this story and the illustrations are so cute and are drawn with really great bold colors. I do wish this story was a little bit longer, so minus one star for being a rather short book. That being said, this is a really great story for children ages 2-5.