Tuesday, January 18, 2011

One by Kathryn Otoshi

From Goodreads:  
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.

Sometimes it just takes one.

What a great lesson, and one that will resonate after the story has been long finished.

I read this book tonight, and I'm already planning on using it as a journal topic tomorrow.  This is a great mentor text to use with kids to teach so many different things: about simplicity in writing - how sometimes less is more, about how great endings resonate, and of course about how to stand up for people who are being bullied.

Sometimes it just takes one. 

One by Kathryn Otoshi
Published: September 2008  
Publisher: KO Kids Books
Pages: 32
Format/Genre: Picture Book
Audience: Young Children (but a good mentor text for middle grade students)
Disclosure: Library Copy 

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