Red: A Crayon's Story

by Michael Hall

All the other crayons expect Red to conform to their expectations but he simply can’t.... read more

All the other crayons expect Red to conform to their expectations but he simply can’t. He can’t draw a red strawberry, and when he and Yellow are paired in school and assigned to draw an orange together, he fails at that, too. Even his self-portrait is wrong—he draws himself blue. Everyone tries to fix Red, but with no success. Children will see what the other crayons can’t—that Red is actually a blue crayon with the wrong paper label. Ultimately Red’s story is both a clever and accessible way to show that people aren’t always what you expect them to be, and that we must look beyond labels and outside appearances. (Ages 3–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2016

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