Tuesday, October 27, 2009
One by Kathryn Otoshi
Blue (quiet), Yellow (sunny), Green (bright), Purple (regal), and Orange (outgoing) are very happy being themselves unless they are around Red. Red likes to pick on Blue, and the other colors, though they like Blue, feel helpless to stop Red's bullying. Then one day, the numeral One comes along and he stands up to Red.
Kathryn Otoshi's One is a great resource for teaching about bullying, but there is more to this book. I really enjoyed the wordplay ("If someone is mean and picks on me, I, for One, stand up and say No.") and the watercolor illustrations. Many books about bullying are too preachy and feel false, but One is certainly a clever one that stands out.