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Rojo Es El Mejor (Red Is Best)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,158 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
This title is especially made for the lap audience. My mom doesn't understand about red. I like my red stockings best. My mom says, 'Wear these. Your white stockings look good with that dress.' But I can jump higher in my red stockings. I like my red stockings best. This is a great deal of fun to read with pre-schoolers.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Turtleback Books (first published June 1st 1982)
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Kelly's favorite color is red, and there is a good explanation for that. Everybody knows you can jump higher with red stockings, make better snowballs with red mittens, keep away monsters in the red pajamas, and take bigger steps with the red boots. A cute story about a kid's logical reasons for loving a color.

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Amy Forrester
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some people like green. Some people like blue. But the little girl in this book likes red the best. Her mother tries to convince her to wear her white stockings with her blue dress, but Kelly clains that she can jump higher in her red stockings. Though her mother protests, Kelly also insists on her red boots, red mittens, and her red barrettes. Red paint puts singing in her head and juice in her red cup tastes best. As Kelly says, "I like red, because red is best."

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Carla Johnson-Hicks
This was one of my son's favourite books when he was young. Very simple, but he loved it.
Red is Best has delighted children since it was first published in 1982 and remains popular today for entirely new generations. Words for the book were written by Kathy Stinson and its illustrations were created by Robin Baird Lewis.

Stinson’s inspiration for the book was a suggestion to her daughter (three years old at the time) to wear white or blue socks to match a dress she was wearing. Her daughter insisted on wearing her red socks instead and no convincing or cajoling by Stinson would chan
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Review posted in English, then Spanish below.


Red Is Best is an energetic story about a young girl’s love for her favorite color. Told from the child’s perspective, it explains in dogged terms how red things are better: red socks let one jump higher, red glasses make beverages taste better. It is not logical, of course, but it is sincere and a realistic portrayal of a child’s passion and imagination.

In addition to enjoying the story, young readers will be able to relate to
Oct 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libs642
I viewed this book on Tumblebooks through Library of Virginia. I again enjoyed the presentation of the literature through the use of advanced technology for an intermediate audience. I was looking forward to this story which reflected a child's strong preference for color. I liked the simple illustrations and thought they were effective, pleasant, and easily identifiable for young children. I also liked the idea of this presentation of a concept book for color identification.
I was really, trul
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourite children's books ever. For a child, the joy of an item (in this case derived from a colour) is why it is of value, of use. Practical concerns like warm enough don't matter. Moreover, silly adults who have demands for no apparent reason, green cup? Sheesh! Why does Kelly need to use a green cup because she used the red cups yesterday?!? I love Kelly (the child) who knows exactly what she wants and why.

"I like red because red is best."

Touché Kelly!!!

(Stinson, unfortunately, wa
Aug 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book does not attempt to explain preferences in reasonable terms, but in the terms of a child. The red mittens are best because they make better snowballs. The red paint puts singing in her head. The juice just tastes better in the red cup. She likes red because red is best - just as simple as that.

And we can see from the pictures that some of these arguments (like the one about the red cup and red pajamas) she wins and others (like the red rainboots for the snow) she simply doesn't. Pretty
Jan 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Library pre-school story time. Large crowd (40 or more, plus adults -- 30 or so). Two performers. Two copies of the book (one per performer). One performer is the voice of the mother. The other is the little girl.

After the story we could have (but didn't) held up images of the red wardrobe.
--red socks
--red coat
--red rubber boots
--red mittens (mitts)
--red pajamas
--red bows
while singing "Kelly Wore her red socks, red socks, red socks, Kelly wore her red socks all day long" -- to the tune "Mary Wor
Shelli Gheen
In Red is Best (1982), written by Kathy Stinson and illustrated by Robin Baird Lewis, a little girl describes how and why red is best. Her reasons are classic. For example, she says, "But my red barrettes make my hair laugh." Truly a classic.

Themes: Individuality; Independence

Ways to use this book with children:
*Make posters with "Red is Best", "Yellow is Best", "Green is Best", and so forth. Have students draw and color things that are each color. Vote on which poster/color is best. Graph the r
Feb 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Every once in awhile, we'll pull up the on Tumblebooks website( and watch a book being narrated aloud. It's fun and entertaining and we've discovered some great stories there.

This is a simple story of a child who prefers red. There's not much else to it, but it's a fun little tale that would certainly appeal to young children. Our girls are growing out of books like this, but we still enjoyed watching this one together.
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ntg-arc, azr
Children in our school begin learning Spanish at age 3. We are always looking for books that are either bilingual or in simple Spanish. Not at age 3, but certainly before they outgrow their interest in this type of book, our students will be able to read most of this independently. Many of the words they might not know can be figured out by looking at the illustrations.

The story is charming and right on target for this age group.
I remember reading this book in elementary school, and then being assigned to write my own version (which I cleverly entitled 'Blue is Best'!).

I love the plot of this book - it really showcases the imagination of a child. The pictures are good too. They aren't my favorite style, but they don't have to be because they are perfect for really young kids.

5 stars, mostly for the nostalgia.
'Red is Best' - I don't remember everything from when I read it as a little sorceress, but the essence was magical all the same; from the simple pictures to the short, stellar verses. Having had an idle, forbidden captivation with the colour red all my life, it might have explained some things to me. Charming and warm, red IS best.

Final Score: 4/5
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, storybook
This is a bit of a strange kind of book but I still really liked it (likely because it is unusual). I can totally relate to a child who sees the importance of colour. I like the images evoked, e.g. 'red barrettes make my hair sing'. The illustrations are a beautiful accompaniment to the story, literally highlighting the importance of red to the child.
Jul 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Red is Best is a delightful story about a little girl who, much to her mother's dismay, only wants to wear clothes that are red. Whether they are too small, too old or too tattered, she doesn't care and politely insists that 'Red is best'. Strong minded children and parents everywhere will love this story. Age 4-8.
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Red is my favorite color so I had no problem with the title. :) The book is short, cute, and straight from the mind of someone who understands kids. The illustrations made a good story even better.

I'm now on the lookout to buy this one.
Kirstin Kemppainen
This is a cute story about how the little girl, Kelly, like her red "everything" better. She's obsessed with the color red! Very easy read for new readers and very nice illustrations to go along with the book!
Scout Collins
I used to read this book to myself when I was pretty young, around 5-6 years old. My favourite colour at the time was red so the book was even better! I used to pore over the beautiful illustrations and story, I remember the book very fondly.
Jun 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
A cute classic, about a little girl who likes red things, despite her mother's protestations that her red mittens have holes, her red rainboots aren't meant for snow, use the other colour thing that is task appropriate, etc, etc. You get the idea.

Very simple story, but nice.
Apr 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually had a student in my first grade placement who was just like the character in this book! He wanted red everything and would throw a fit at the site of any other color! (: But overall, nice book for helping students understand the concepts of colors- recommended for younger grades.
I share Kelly's fondness for red things. Perhaps that is why I so enjoy reading this book. If only Kelly's mom could understand the emotion a colour can evoke in us life would be much simpler. A wonderful read for a preschool audience.
Oct 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I love how well this book illustrates a child's passion for a particular color. The story is timeless.
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to use this for this Sunday's family story time.
Jun 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: en-pic-books
She wish if her mama understood her Red
My mama understood my Blue (:
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my very favorite children's books. Comes in board book edition now, which I give at every baby shower.
A book we borrowed from the library this week.
I am hoping Sophie will choose it for her nighttime story tonight. I think the idea of preschooler's colour preferences is universal.
Angie Muir
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
red is BEST
Carl Klassen
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I might use this with early years students exploring colour, emotion, or persuasive writing.
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admire this kid for sticking up for what she likes? What the hell is her mom's problem, anyway? The kid likes red. Get over it, you micromanager.
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