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Mixed: A Colorful Story

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  1,468 ratings  ·  304 reviews
The reds, the yellows, and the blues all think they're the best in this vibrant, thought-provoking picture book with a message of acceptance and unity.

In the beginning, there were three colors . . .



and Blues.

All special in their own ways, all living in harmony--until one day, a Red says "Reds are the best!" and starts a color kerfuffle. When the colors decide
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Henry Holt and Company
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Jon Nakapalau
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book that teaches young children tolerance of others who may be different!
Baby Bookworm
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Hello, friends! Our book today is Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung, a wonderful lesson in the importance of community diversity.

At first, there were only three colors: the Reds, the Yellows, and the Blues. The Reds were the loudest and most opinionated, the Yellows the brightest and most cheerful, and the Blues were the coolest by far. At first, they all lived in harmony, until a disagree
I was impressed with how the author approached a challenging topic with grace and humor and in such a relatable fashion. The use of primary colors--red, yellows, blues--painted with black India ink and acrylics makes the images stand out and the message very clear. I had to smile at how he characterizes Reds, Yellows, and Blues, each with their own personality attributes. Although the colors live right next to each other, eventually there's a conflict, and they decide to claim different parts of ...more
Stephanie Tournas
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A concept book that is funny, delivers a satisfying message, and has loads of visual appeal. It’s kind of an origin story for non-primary colors! At first, Red, Yellow and Blue live in harmony, but then there is a rift. Luckily, for humanity and art, Blue and Yellow fall in love and have a baby, who is named Green. More colors mix, and more non-primary colors are born, with new names like Jade, Lavender and Amber. It’s such a clever idea to anthropomorphize the colors, and then have a solution f ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I dunno you guys. This book didn't really work for me. It's not a great color-concept book because it doesn't spend a lot of time on "yellow and red makes orange" etc and some of the color combos are just wrong like "green plus orange" It also didn't really work for me as a diversity story because the story treats the blues, yellows and reds as if they were all treated equally. It'd work a little better if it was like "and then Red decided that it was the very best color and decid ...more
Lorie Barber
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Masterfully written and illustrated with powerful metaphors for social justice. Tolerance, kindness, and seeing points of view of others are lessons kids will take to heart and, hopefully, share with others. Or, as my daughter said after reading, “It doesn’t matter what you look like, it’s what’s on the inside.” A definite #classroombookaday.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is so cute, simple, and powerful! Only downside, I wish I wrote it myself.
Allison Wade
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the beginning there were three colors. Red, yellow and blue all lived in perfect harmony. Reds were loud, yellows were bright and blues were just cool. When the three colors start to have conflict with each other, they decide to segregate. All the yellows have their own part of the city just like the reds and blues, no mixing allowed! That is until one day a yellow and blue fall in love, they don't let others ideas of mixing get in the way of them being together. Gradually more and more color ...more
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Picture-Books Exploring Themes of Race and Racism
The Red, Yellows and Blues always got along, until the day that the Reds declared that they were better than the others, setting in motion a balkanization of the color world. Suddenly the different shades didn't want to mix, each one asserting its preeminence. Until the day, that is, that a Yellow and a Blue fell in love, got married, and produced Green - an entirely new color. The beauty and novelty of this new hue convinced the existing colors that mixing wasn't so bad, leading to a far more d ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-pb
This is a wonderful, fresh take on the usual colour mixing story. Even though I could predict that the colors would mix together, I didn’t realize it would happen in such a fun and visually exciting way. I really loved the way the author didn’t dumb down the text and used lovely words such as “vibrant” and “fascinated” and “possibilities.”

In a way, this reminded me of a modern take on Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches, but without the rhyming and the machine. (Maybe a good opportunity for comparing and
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
As a mixed race person, I continue to hate the idea that the way to solve racism is by having mixed raced kids.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a wonderful book about diversity using colors!! Small children and adults will find the value in the book’s message!
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
MIXED is a great new concept book that makes learning about colors fun for kids and adults! In the beginning there were three colors: Reds, Yellows, and Blues. Each of them had their own qualities and they lived in perfect harmony. One afternoon Reds decided to declare that they were the best color of all. This didn’t go well with the other colors and after that they decided to live separate lives and moved to different parts of the city. Then one day, Yellow and Blue started to hang out and bec ...more
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Mixed: A Colorful Story is a wonderful picture book that deals with the topics of diversity and inclusion through the lens of color theory. It tells the story of three groups of primary colors-- the Reds, the Yellows, and the Blues-- who live together in color harmony until the day when a Red declares that Reds are the best. This causes the different colors to put up walls and fences and live in three separate areas of the city: Redville, Blue Town, and Yellow Heights. They stay segregated until ...more
Viviane Elbee
Wow! The kids and I loved this book. The kids had huge smiles on their faces when we got to the end, and voted to give this book 5 stars.

I love how it is both a book about colors (and different colors you can get from mixing - yellow + blue = green) AND also a book that shows how beautiful life is when people choose to appreciate diversity and live peacefully together.

Highly recommend this one!
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
‪Mixed is a must-have PB from @arreechung. Powerful message in simple picture book. Life lessons around acceptance, tolerance, respect for others. Masterful use of primary colors to illustrate the beauty of diversity and acceptance for all. Great book for difficult and necessary conversations esp in our scary world.
Sophie Snowden
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
A great book all about accepting other who look different or come from different cultures. This book has a great community feel about it and sends the message that if we work together we become one bigger and stronger community. It can also teach children about mixing colours and have cross curricular links with principles in the art curriculum.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book to introduce diversity and discuss how and why people favor those who are like them... we read it this month to tie in with Black History month. My students picked up on that association without me mentioning it.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A young child’s first look at segregation and integration. Good for opening up discussions.
Dian Burns
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely adorable book, with a much deeper meaning you'd appreciate again, and again. ...more
Maria Marshall
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-picture
This book explores tolerance, discrimination, and segregation in a fun, accessible manner that will make an impact on kids and adults alike. The bravery of two dots to defy their community's segregation by color (red, blue, and yellow), results not only in the creation of a new color, but transforms their town into something amazing. The simplicity of the black and white town and the expressive faces and fun headgear of the dots bring these issues to a child's level without being condescending o ...more
4 1/2 stars

Nobody is the best, but one day a Red announces that Reds are the best and starts the whole color war. Soon none of the colors are getting along; all of go their separate ways. Until, a small change happens! Sometimes that is all it takes, for one person to make a small step to take a big change.

This is a concept book about colors quite unlike any other that I've ever read, or maybe it is a book about something else entirely? You should read it for yourself and decide! I look forward
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A tale of three colors; red, yellow, and blue, who lived in harmony, until discord was caused to bring about isolation and separation. But one day a Yellow, and a Blue met, married, and had a Green, Soon discord was replaced by love, tolerance and the embracing of differences which led to other colors that mixed, and mixed, and mixed, until there were so many new colors, and a lot of new names.
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
This came across my desk at work as I was scanning in returned books and I just had to take a moment to read it. I'm biracial and it's rarely something I see in children's picture books.
I absolutely love this. It approaches a topic that normally comes with a lot of heavy history and as a result is often put off until a child grows up a bit more, and makes it fun, accessible, and easy to understand.
I definitely need to grab a copy of this for my niece's shelf.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
it's a sweet and simplistic story about different colors finding harmony through mixing. it's literally about color theory, but it's also obviously a story about segregation based on physical characteristics, with literal RBY color standing in for race, so i worry about planting the ~metaphorical~ seed that interracial relationships are a magic bullet to racism, y'know. ...more
Ashleigh Rose
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Was reading this at #nerdcampMI and in the middle of reading it a teacher turned around to tell me that the boys in Thailand had all gotten out of the cave; I was reminded that there is potential for good in this world.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
This book reminds me so much of Leo Lionni's classic book from 1959, "Little Blue and Little Yellow."
The timeless themes are reinvented using bold and humorous illustrations. A great way for children to learn about colors, while getting an introduction to inclusion and diversity.
Michele Knott
A book that can be used with a variety of ages and have different conversations about how we’re all special.
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 0-7, picture-book
Not subtle, but cute enough to work. Just promise me if you're interested in this title you'll go read Arnold Lobel's brilliant THE GREAT BLUENESS AND OTHER PREDICAMENTS. Deal? ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every child, school, and library needs this book on their shelf. ❤❤❤
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Arree Chung makes picture books but he didn’t always do so. Once he made spreadsheets all day long and he decided that he wanted to make pictures instead. Arree learned how to draw, paint and think a little bit differently at Art Center College of Design.

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