Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Review - Violet by Tania Duprey Stehlik

Why am I Violet?!

Violet is happy that her father has come to pick her up after her first day at a new school. But as she races over to meet him, one of the other kids asks, “How come your Dad is blue and you’re not?” Violet has never even thought about this before. Her mother is red, and her father is blue – so why isn’t she red or blue? Why is she violet? Upset and confused, Violet goes to her mother. Using paints, her mother shows her that when you combine red and blue, you get violet! Like many people in the world, Violet is a beautiful mix of colors.

A wonderfully original story about acceptance and the beauty of being different, with illustrations that beautifully capture Violet’s off-kilter and colorful world.

About the Author
Tania Stehlik is an elementary school teacher with the Toronto District School Board. She was born and raised in Montreal, but currently lives in Toronto with her husband Rob. She is of Indian and French Canadian descent and takes great pride in her mixed heritage from which the story of Violet is inspired. This is her first book.

About the Illustrator 
Vanja is a multimedia artist and a free-lance graphic designer who has had her work displayed in several shows. She was born in former Yugoslavia and presently resides in Toronto. This is her first time illustrating a children’s book.

My Review
This book is wonderfully illustrated and the imagery is beautiful.  Not only is Violet starting at a new school where she is nervous it comes to her new classmates attention that Violet is not the same color as her parents.  Violet wonders why this is so and feels rather distraught about her situation until her mother explains to her that when you mix red and blue you get Violet.  I loved this story and will read this to my girls over and over again so that they know that we may all look different on the outside but we are all the same on the inside.  I love that this is teaching about self-confidence but in such a subtle way.

Thank you to Annie Paikeday and Second Story Press for sending a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of my honest review.

# Paperback: 26 pages
# Publisher: Second Story Press
# Language: English
# ISBN 978-1-897187-60-9

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