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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.
Publisher: Mill Valley, CA : KO Kids Books, c2008.
ISBN: 9780972394642
Branch Call Number: j P LEARNING OTOSHI K
Characteristics: 1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm.


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Jun 27, 2019

Using deceptively-simple text and illustrations, Otoshi presents a story about colors, numbers, and standing up to bullies. Highly recommended.

Jul 06, 2018

I met the author at a conference and because no one was at her table I was able to have a lengthy conversation with her and she gave me a free autographed copy of her book. It is a appropriately illustrated book about bullying that uses numbers as characters. It is not preachy or overly pedantic and gives a good rationale of why others bully and how to cope with it. A simple, yet elegant book.

LiztheLibrarian Feb 13, 2018

This is a gentle story about bullying and standing up to bullies that also includes colors and counting.

Mar 09, 2016

Perfect book. I did make sure to highlight the bullying aspect so it wasn't just read without discussion otherwise for young kids it might make bullying appear ok on the surface.
Story is clever though, and you hardly know you are learning numbers and colours.
Our 3 and half year old wanted it read over and over.

JCLBeckyC Nov 24, 2015

This simple, yet clever and highly interactive book teaches young kids numbers and colors, but also that, in the end no matter what bullies say, we all count! This book is a big hit with my preschool storytimers.

LMcShaneCLE Jul 03, 2015

A picture book that is winning a lot of awards - for good reason. Excellent book to share for all ages.

BklynKalliopiM Mar 02, 2015

This picture book works for many age groups, ideally 5-10. The colorful shapes and lines work well with younger readers, while older readers can grasp the underlying concepts of acceptance. A great addition to any anti-bullying curriculum, and also works well as an at-home storytime book. Great for kids having trouble fitting in.

Jan 16, 2015

Really thoughtful. Melds numbers and colors and emotions into a clever story accessible for all ages.

Mar 03, 2014

Incredibly sweet. It's relatively subtle in it's message, considering the targeted age group. Message books tend to be preachy and obnoxious. This is neither. It's also beautiful in its art, adding to its strength and an excellent Pre-K book.

KRockstar10 Aug 14, 2013

I've read this before...or was there when it was read out loud to children. I think this book featured strongly in the "Everybody Counts" thing they did at the elementary school I worked at. It's an effective enough anti-bullying book, but I wasn't blown away.

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