Red Yellow Blue is part of the book series published by the American Psychological Association. These titles are designed to both entertain and teach children about their worlds. Each has a helpful section for adults at the end of the book.
In this one, Red is very busy being red. He is quite possessive of all of the red things that surround him. When Yellow approaches and talks about what they could do together (think orange…pumpkins, etc.), Red is not interested and wants to preserve his territory. Yellow proceeds to enjoy spending time with Blue and, yes, they make lovely green things together including, broccoli, leaves and frogs. By the end of the book, Red no longer wants to be alone and the three colors together create a beautiful sunset.
As you can see, this book can be read and understood on different levels. Children can learn about primary and secondary colors. They can also think about spending time with those who are not like themselves and how this is enriching.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this read in exchange for an honest review.
“Fans of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld’s Friendshape (2015) or Michael Hall’s Perfect Square (2011) may find this title complementary…comes with a potentially useful note to adults on how to use the book to promote self-esteem and forgiveness. Color science and emotional literacy…” —Kirkus Reviews
“Going beyond the relationship between red, yellow, and blue as colors, there is an equally significant exploration of the relationship between Red, Yellow, and Blue as sensitive, feeling characters. As the story progresses, Red experiences a wide spectrum of feelings, including worry, frustration, annoyance, and later a sense of belonging and pride. The deeper layers to the story will encourage emotional exploration and prompt discussion with older children… Perfect for social and emotional learning, this picture book cleverly melds life lessons with an introduction to the primary colors.” —School Library Journal