One

One

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by Kathryn Otoshi
     
 

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Blue is a quiet color. Red’s a hothead who likes to pick on Blue. Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don’t like what they see, but what can they do? When no one speaks up, things get out of hand — until One comes along and shows all the colors how to stand up, stand together, and count. As budding young readers learn about numbers, counting, and

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Blue is a quiet color. Red’s a hothead who likes to pick on Blue. Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don’t like what they see, but what can they do? When no one speaks up, things get out of hand — until One comes along and shows all the colors how to stand up, stand together, and count. As budding young readers learn about numbers, counting, and primary and secondary colors, they also learn about accepting each other's differences and how it sometimes just takes one voice to make everyone count.

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Otoshi uses simple splashes of color reminiscent of Lionni's Little Blue and Little Yellow with the numbers from one through seven to tell a story of courage. Blue is a quiet color, very different from the others. He is generally happy, except when he is with Red. Red picks on and belittles Blue, and the other colors are afraid to challenge him, until One arrives. Red tells One to stop laughing and making the others laugh. One simply says, "No." The other colors become numbers two through five as they decide they will stand up and say "No" as well. Blue wants to "count," too. He stands up and becomes a blue six. When everyone is standing up together, red shrinks. But One says, "Red can count too." Red becomes seven, and finally "everyone counts." Bits of watercolor blobs on white pages effective create a story, and the reader becomes a believer. Otoshi demonstrates how small stimuli can become effective conveyors of meaning if one allows the imagination to work. One has the potential to stir discussions not only of the meaning of illustration in picture books, but of the problem of bullies and how to deal with it. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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PreS-K

This is a deceptively simple color and counting book that turns into a lesson on bullying. Whenever they meet, Blue is picked on by Red: "Red is HOT. Blue is NOT." The other colors like Blue but are intimidated by the bluster so they say nothing, and soon Red is bossing everyone around. But then One comes. It is funny and brave and confronts Red: "If someone is mean and picks on me, I, for One, stand up and say, No." All the other colors follow One's lead and become numbers too. Yellow is two, Green, three, etc. Red begins to feel left out and tries to bully Blue, but Blue ignores him and changes to Six: "Red can be really HOT,' he says, but Blue can be super COOL.'" The rest of the numbers stick up for Blue, but offer Red the opportunity to join in the counting, and all ends well. The book is well designed with bright colored circles and numbers on stark white pages accompanied by black print. The text is very simple but meaningful, and the moral is subtly told. Red is not ostracized but included in the game, and the essential point of one person making a difference is emphasized by the ending: "Sometimes it just takes One." This is an offering with great potential for use with the very young in a variety of ways.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780972394642
Publisher:
KO Kids Books
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
28,474
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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