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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Violet is happy that her father has come to pick her up after her first day at a new school. But as she races over to meet him, one of the other kids asks, How come your Dad is blue and you're not?" Violet has never even thought about this before. Her mother is red, and her father is blue -- so why isn't she red or blue? Why is she purple? Upset and confused, Violet goes t ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Second Story Press (first published August 10th 2009)
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Sarah  Perry
With butterflies in her stomach, Violet braves her way through the first day of school, only to be left wondering 'Why am I Violet?' by the end of it.

Violet goes to school with blue kids, yellow kids, and red kids, but no where does she see any other purple kids, like herself. When one of the other kids asks why her dad is blue, and Violet isn't, she is left worrying about it. Luckily, her Mom knows just how to explain it to her.

Being that my daughter comes from two different backgrounds, I felt
Bonnie Ferrante
The cover attracted me to this book. Campy, colorful drawings of butterflies, leaves, flowers, and designs surround the word Violet and the picture of an extremely skinny little girl whose skin is purple. The story is fairly simple. Violet begins school and is nervous about making friends. The first day goes well until her father comes to pick her up. Then a girl asks Violet why she isn’t blue like her father. At home, Violet’s mother, who is red, explains that Violet is a mixture of the two of ...more
Violet is happy to go to school with her red, blue, and yellow friends but then someone asks her--if her dad is blue, why isn't she blue? She asks her mom (red) and using paints, her mom explains that Violet is a beautiful mixture of red and blue with to include bits of both her mother and her father. Red and blue make violet. And what's important is what is inside the skin, not its color.

Very simple picture book which explains in very simple terms a complex issue.
This is a simple way to talk about race. We are all the same inside. Our Dad might be blue and our mom is red and that makes VIOLET. Some yellow kids, both parents are yellow. If they would have hit on adoption too that would be awesome. My mom and Dad are yellow but I am red.... Still nicely done!
Priscilla Ferrara
I loved the artwork in this book. However, I feel that they could have explored the concept of bi-racial families in a little more depth. The message of the book seemed to be that Violet is unique because she is bi-racial, however, it would have been nice for mixed children to learn that they are not alone. Growing up in one of the most multicultural cities in the world has made it commonplace for me to see people who have a blend of many different cultures and skin colours in their family backg ...more
Originally published in Canada.

Important concept. I wasn't in love with the execution. Young children often need explicit explanation about things -- including somewhat taboo topics like race and biracial identity. I found Violet a pretty flat character and at no point does she find peer solidarity of any kind (from mono-racial or bi-racial peers). In addition, her parents have very little presence in the book. We see disembodied arms or hands and a few words, but not "whole" people. For childre
On Violet's first day of school, she finds that the kids are red, yellow, and blue. Where are the kids that are like her - violet? Her mother helps her through her fears of being the odd one out and she learns how sometimes blue and red makes violet, just like her.

This is a visually interesting way to teach children about how people come in all sorts of different races. It's a simple concept and a metaphor that children this age can understand, without getting too preachy. The story is not lost
violet is a girl who lives in a world where all of the people she knows are primary colours. one day her dad picks her up from school and a friend asks why her dad is blue and she is violet. violet is a little upset by this and begins to question why she is different from all of the kids at school and even from her own parents, she goes home to ask her parents and her mom, who is red, sits her down and tells her that it’s not a bad thing to be different from the kids at school. she puts blue an ...more
My children and I liked this book for its originality—both in the story and the colourful quirky illustrations. By using the metaphor of colour to show being different is okay, the author has allowed for its application to all differences, not just skin colour. It could encompass physical and intellectual differences, multi-cultural and linguistic differences, as well as religious differences.

The story is a great way to introduce young children to tolerance and acceptance, and also to help them
This story about a little girl (Violet) who heads off to school and is asked why her colour doesn't match that of her dad (who's blue) and her mom (who's red) is an excellent story which went over very well with all of my students. Whether you are attempting to explain the concept of mixed-race to a primary school audienc, or simple principles of genetics to all children the story evokes these notions in an accessible and empowering way. Where the picturebook falls down, however, is in the illus ...more
Nov 19, 2009 Tineka added it
i sorta agreed to review some books and this is one of the ones that i was sent. it's a kids book that uses color theory to explain mixed race. my kid likes it (although i think it is intended for an older audience). i like the illustrations - kind of gothic-style with bits of bright, pretty things.
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