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Fiction Picture Book
Pages: 24
Themes: Multiculturalism, acceptance
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 01/Sep/2009
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When Violet's father comes to pick her up at school, one of her classmates 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 is she violet?

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."

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."
Publisher's Weekly
Violet, anticipating the first day of school, is nervous about making friends and fitting in. And while her fears are partially founded when students are surprised to discover the color of her parents, Stehlik’s message remains upbeat...Although the setting is clearly the lower grades of elementary school, long-limbed Violet and her peers look like middle schoolers, and the hand-drawn feel of the pictures brings to mind the anime-influenced journal marginalia of an intensely emotional adolescent. If the message is less than subtle, it should still be a comfort to readers, particularly those of mixed heritage, who struggle with belonging.
The Globe and Mail
Violet is violet. Artist Jovanovic has painted a colourful, topsy-turvy world for her heroine to inhabit, and Violet is a stick-figure girl with a mop of black, spiky hair and pale purple skin.
Three Turtles and Their Pet Librarian blog
Of course, this story lends itself to all sorts of activities with color mixing or elementary genetics, as well as serving as a good conversation starter.
Suddenly Books
This is a visually interesting way to teach children about how people come in all sorts of different races.
This is a wonderful story about self acceptance and individuality... It has been an eye opener for my kids, as I’m sure it will be for yours.
Toronto Star
This is a wonderful story about self-acceptance and individuality. The illustrations are great. As one would expect from a book about colours, it’s bright and vibrant and eye catching.


The Blue Spruce Award, The Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Progr  | 2011 | Short-listed
The Canadian Children's Book Centre's "Best Books for Kids and Teens 2011" List  | 2011 | Commended
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