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Kathryn the Grape's Colorful Adventure by Kathryn Cloward
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Oct 01, 11

it was amazing
bookshelves: children, picture-book
Read in October, 2011

This is a wonderful picture book. There are many things I use to judge a picture book. No, it isn’t first and foremost about the pictures. They are important. For me it is the message. Now I have to admit that I love picture books. But, if the book doesn’t speak to the child then what good is it. It just so happened I received the book in the mail this week and my granddaughter came for a visit today. When she saw the book she grabbed it and ran to me. Her mother had read the first book to Haylee and I was unfamiliar with it. I knew Haylee had gotten the messages whenever we read the word “Bling”. She would say, things like, “Hey, she learned everyone loves her.” She then proceeded to tell me I needed to give the book to “her” teacher so she could share it with the class. Haylee is only in kindergarten yet has always loved books. I can’t wait until she learns to write so I can teach her to put some of her thoughts, ideas and her own stories down on paper. In the mean time I am excited that she wanted to share the book with others. She didn’t want it on her shelf at my house or hers. She had me write a letter to the teacher and she sealed it in the manila envelope. She is so excited. To me that is the sign of how good a book is, a child wanting to share it with others.

Now to the slightly more technical aspect of the book. Not only are the pictures bright and colorful, but so is the message. I love books that try to teach something without the kids realizing they are being taught. The lessons are all about seeing yourself and others as they truly are. I am thrilled Haylee loves the book, but I have other grand kids who need to learn these lessons as well. Since I’ve not read the first one I need to purchase it. For me this is just one of many books I will be giving for Christmas this year. I look forward to reading more picture books by this author.
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