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Fiction Picture Book
Pages: 32
Themes: Multiculturalism, acceptance
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 01/Sep/2009
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Violet is happy that her father has come to pick her up after her first day at a new school. But as she races over to meet him, one of the other kids asks, "How come your dad is blue and you're not?" Violet has never even thought about this before. Her mother is red and her father is blue, so why isn't she red or blue? Why is she violet? Upset and confused, Violet goes to her mother. Using paints, her mother shows her that when you combine red and blue, you get violet! Like many people in the world, Violet is a beautiful mix of colors. But color isn't really that important. After all, it is what's inside us that counts.

Tania Stehlik is of Indian and French Canadian descent and takes great pride in her mixed heritage. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic is a multimedia artist and a freelance graphic designer. Born in the former Yugoslavia, she lives in Toronto, Ontario.

The Violet book trailer is now online for your viewing pleasure!

Quill & Quire

"Jovanovic keeps things interesting by creating a world that is part Dr. Seuss, part The Little Prince, and part something else quite unique...This familiar-yet-strange environment makes it easier to deal with the tricky issue of race with getting bogged down in earnest preaching. As a result, while the message will have a special resonance for mixed-race families, any kid who has ever felt 'different' will feel right at home."

CM Magazine
"The story's innovative and fresh approach succeeds in imparting an important, but timeless message. Violet provides a chance for readers to explore this topic with the help of parents and teachers. Jovanovic's art captures this colourful world with wild, exuberant digital illustrations featuring double page spreads of strangely shaped kids that are portrayed with long skinny limbs. The whimsical drawings are full of fun details, add a comical twist and are as inventive as the story line. Recommended."
Canadian Bookseller Magazine
"This simple, smart tale is a great way for adults to introduce the concept of difference to young people, opening the way to positive discussions, insight and opportunities for us all to be proud of who we are."
Midwest Book Review

"A sensitive and memorable story... The celebration of differences message is very clear in Violet, which is additionally enriched by a plethora of spicy, imaginative, full page color illustrations."

Teach with Picture Books blog
"I can see this book being a real asset for discussions and themes on differences and diversity."


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