Blues and Yellows just don't mix, and that's how it's always been. No one remembers why. But then comes the day Midnight Blue takes a tumble along the road. His friends Navy and Powder Blue don't even stop to help! It's only when a Yellow comes along that everything changesforever.
This creative story is sure to prompt rich conversations, encouraging new ways of seeing our neighbors and ourselves. A note for parents and educators is included.
|Product dimensions:||9.30(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 7 Years|
About the Author
Amy-Jill Levine, the author of numerous acclaimed books, is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies, and Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science. The Marvelous Mustard Seed and Who Counts?, her first two children's books cowritten with Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, were named Junior Library Guild Selections.
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is the Director of Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) Arts and Humanities Institute, as well as Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck. Her many children's books include the classic God's Paintbrush, The Marvelous Mustard Seed, and Who Counts?, cowritten with Amy-Jill Levine and named Junior Library Guild selections. For more information, visit www.allaboutand.com.
Denise Turu has created illustrations for many picture books, graphic novels, and magazines and has exhibited her artwork around the world. For more information, visit www.deniseturu.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a simple, secular retelling of the parable of The Good Samaritan. If you are interesting in learning about he biblical parable, there is information at the back of the book, but this book is not religious, it teaches morals. The question, "Who is my neighbor?" The answer, "You are!" This book can be used when tackling racism and bigotry with children. It is easy to understand for children. The Blues live in one town, and the Yellows live in another. They are both taught that the other is bad and they should stay away from them. When an accident happens to Midnight Blue, other blues hurry by and do not help him. Who does stop and help?, Lemon Yellow. He takes him to a yellow doctor and they share blue and yellow food with one another. They realize that the other is not so bad afterall, and they all mingle and become friendly neighbors in the end. This was a creative story with everything dealing with the Blues coloured blue such as their food and items in the town and the Yellows have all yellow things. The illustrations are cute showing different shades of colour and shapes. There are even shapes in wheelchairs. A wonderful book for use in a classroom or home where racism or bullying might be happening. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
The Blues live on one side of the town and the Yellows live on the other and they don't ever get together because that is always the way it has been. No one knows how this all began or tries to change at the rules so the segregation tradition holds steady. Blues and Yellows don't ever mix... end of discussion... period! One day Midnight Blue is cruising along on his blue bike and loses his balance. He takes a nasty tumble injuring himself. He desperately needs help. Along comes his friends ( or so he thought were his friends ) Navy and Powder Blue, both his neighbours, but they never stop to help him. Why? Why wouldn't they aid their dear blue friend who is in trouble? Midnight Blue says: "Neither Navy nor Power Blue is true blue." What an accusation to make! They both quickly run away from Midnight Blue ignoring his plea for help. Whatever can he do alone, abandoned, and hurting? Lemon Yellow, depicted as a sweet warm fuzzy, happens along and the barriers that separate the Blues and Yellows are about to change their lives permanently because of her brave, kind actions towards Midnight Blue! The authors include a note for both parents and educators at the back of the book that give a deeper understanding of the story's meaning. This is a very relevant book for today as it encourages acceptance, kindness, friendship and love. " Love thy neighbour as thyself" the Bible states and this is exactly what the Blues and Yellows did... and the barrier walls came tumbling down. I highly recommend this book.
Amy-Jill Levine & Sandy Eisenberg Sasso have a real winner in Who Is My Neighbor? This sensory book will spark conversations about accepting differences. At a time when humanity issues are at the forefront on the world stage, this book can engage young minds to carry the torch of acceptance into the future. The world needs more books like this. The artwork consisting of the varied yellow and blue tones active, detailed and expressive.