Holly, therefore, is a children's story told in simple terms that children can understand about how foolish it is to judge people by the color of their skin rather than the content of their character.
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Holly the Multi-Colored Girl
By Marcia Puzzanghera
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2012 Marcia Puzzanghera
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Chapter OneOne evening deep in December on a star filled and snowy night, a beautiful baby girl was born. She had bright, yellow hair and the softest skin in colors of red and green. Her parents named her Holly to celebrate the season and to express the joy they felt for such at perfect, little girl.
And indeed, as Holly grew, it seemed as though she was perfect. She was kind to others, never stomped on the flowers and gently petted her calico cat. Yes, it seemed that, Holly, who was surrounded by love, would always have a life filled with happiness.
Soon her first day of Kindergarten was here and Holly was very excited. She had a brand new, brightly, colored backpack, pencils with her name on them and shiny, black, first day of school shoes.
Hugging her mother good-bye, Holly skipped through the door of the classroom with a big smile on her face. "Hello everyone," she said in her most cheerful voice. No one said a word; they just stood there staring with their mouths hanging open.
Holly was very disappointed and she tried hard not to cry. She couldn't understand why everyone was staring at her. She looked from one child to the next searching for answers. She saw a blue child, a red child, a purple child and a green child but she didn't see any other multi-colored children and then she understood. They don't like me because I'm different.
With her head hanging and her eyes downcast, Holly walked over to her cubby and put away her backpack which didn't look so colorful anymore. Then, not knowing what else to do, she slowly turned around. Fat tears trickled down her cheeks and plopped on to her shiny, black, not so very good first day of school shoes.
As Holly stood there all alone watching the other children play and wishing she was blue or green or red or purple, anything but multi-colored, she heard a small sound.
"Hello, I like you're pretty colors," said a little voice near her ear.
Holly turned her head toward the shy voice and was happy to see a bright, yellow haired purple girl standing there.
"Would you like to play?" asked the little purple girl.
"Oh yes I would," said Holly as she wiped the tears from her eyes. Grabbing the little purple girl's hand she said, "Our bright, yellow hair makes us look like twins."
Smiling broadly to each other the girls clasped hands and swung their arms back and forth between them all the way to the block corner. By the time they'd reached the blocks, Holly was sure her Kindergarten year would be absolutely perfect.
"Time for circle children. Come and sit in a circle on the rug," said a musical voice at the front of the room.
Holly looked up at her teacher and couldn't believe her eyes. Standing there in front of her was the most beautiful person she had ever seen. Her hair was dark, her eyes bright and her skin was every color in the rainbow.
Holly and Violet quickly sat down next to each other and waited for their teacher, Mrs. Rainbow. Circle time was about to start and they just knew it was going to be fun.
"Violet, get away from there," said a bossy, purple girl. "You know we never talk to or play with multis."
"But, I want to sit here. I like Holly!" Violet protested.
The bossy, purple girl didn't say another word, she simply grabbed Violet's arm and pulled her roughly away from Holly, pushing her down on the rug in the middle of a group of purple children.
Holly sat alone.
Purples sat with purples, greens sat with greens, blues sat with blues and reds sat with reds and Holly sat alone; because no wanted to sit near a multi.
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