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One by Kathryn Otoshi
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Feb 09, 2010

it was amazing

Otoshi, Kathryn. One. Illus. by author. Unpaged. KO Kids Books. 2008. $16.95. ISBN 978-09723946-4-2.
PreS-Gr. 2- In this cleverly done book, Otoshi effectively utilizes colors and numbers to portray bullying and its effects. The color ‘Blue’ is constantly put down by ‘Red’, and while the colors ‘Yellow’, ‘Green’, ‘Purple’, and ‘Orange’ do not agree with ‘Red’, they are afraid to stand up to him. Along comes the bold, funny, number ‘1’ who tells the colors it is okay to stand up and say NO when they are bullied. As all the colors turn into strong numbers and stand up to ‘Red’, they let ‘Red’ know that he can count too, by not being a bully but by being a friend. Just like Otoshi’s simple conclusion to her tale, we realize “Sometimes it just takes one”. Otoshi tells this important lesson beautifully through basic watercolor illustrations and simple yet powerful text. The illustrations are a clear-cut highlight to the straightforward vocabulary, and complement the words properly, without being overpowering. While recommended for younger children, this is a book that everyone could learn from. Otoshi really strives to show, in very basic terms, how much better the world can be without bullying in it. It is absolutely apparent how much the author believes in what she is writing, and it is a moral that resonates with the reader long after the last page. One would be a fantastic book to have students act out in the classroom, as well as to use in workshops and assemblies about bullying. This book will likely lead to more meaningful conversations about bullying and is an important book for schools and libraries to have in their collection.
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