Cover Image: Red Yellow Blue

Red Yellow Blue

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This is a cute book about the importance of collaboration, and about kindness and forgiveness. I liked the simplicity of the illustrations, and the message, but overall wasn't blown away. It's not a book I'll add to my weekly reads in the classroom, but I would definitely include it in a Primary Colors theme, or a working together theme.
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A great introduction to the primary colors for young children. In addition to teaching the colors, it talks about friendship and cooperation. All important things for preschoolers to learn before attending elementary school.
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The concept of the colors was very cute, but I personally felt that there was a missed lesson. In the effort to explain a complicated feeling and behavior, it seemed like other's emotional response was overlooked. As well as realizing that no matter how one feels, it is never ok to hurt other or lash out. I personally did not feel that this title covered a good balance of validated personal feelings while still maintaining kindness to not harm (even emotionally harm) others.
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Red Yellow Blue is almost as simple as its title - Red likes his red things and would prefer not to be disturbed while making, or thinking about making red things. He snaps at Yellow, who wants to work together to make orange things. Red later realizes he is lonely, and goes to make things right with Yellow;. The text is much more complex than I expected from the simple premise - and it works. The ending is sweet and predictable. Good story for preschoolers!
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This was a quick read about the importance of working together as illustrated by colors. Though the premise was cute, the execution was a little clunky and lengthy for a children's book.
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RATING: 3.5 STARS
2019; American Psychological Association/Magination Press
(Review Not on Blog)

Red thinks his colour is the best and the most important.  He doesn't even like it when another colour admires red.  He tells them to mind their own business.  He soon notices other colours working together and begins to wonder if he is better on his own.  This is a great tool in helping kids learn about working together and empathy.  I liked the art in this one too...it's creative and great.

***I received an eARC from NETGALLEY***
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Red is very busy absorbed with red things in his red-focused world.  He is responsible for red apples,  red wagons,  red firetrucks etc. He is very protective and possessive of all things of that colour.  

Yellow, with similar responsibilities with her colour, stops by and wonders if perhaps she and Red could fuse together and make a new colour... orange would be great fun to construct.  If they blend their colours together they can make pumpkins, newts, and carrots.  Yellow tells him, 

"It's all the colours together the make the world a remarkable place to be?"

Red lashes out at Yellow ( out of frustration ) because he has more than enough on his plate just being, and creating red things.  He is very rude to her and says some mean things,  

"So what if we make orange together? he said.  "Can't you just leave me be?"  I want to think about red and only red.  That's my business.   I'll take care of my business and you take care of yours."  Oh my, that's not nice! 

Poor Yellow.  She is just reaching out to him and trying to be his friend.  She sighs and off she goes to visit Blue.  Happily they share their colours and make green frogs, shamrocks and caterpillars, and they stay far away from grumpy, crochety old Red. 

Red stays all alone muttering to himself about all things red.  Yellow and Blue continue to create and love being and working together.  After thinking about Yellow's proposition to him and the possibilities of the wonderful things that they could create together Red begins to feel guilty, ashamed of himself, very sad, and very alone.  

With the help of a sweet kind little ladybug Red realizes that what he said toYellow was unacceptable and that he needs to make amends and go and say he is sorry to her.  Will she accept his apology and forgive him for his rudeness?  Will he be invited to work with Yellow and Blue and perhaps make something that is beautiful all working together? 

This is a wonderful book about teamwork, acceptance, kindness, forgiveness, self-esteem and emotions.  At the end of the book the author includes helpful information to adults on how to use the book effectively.  It sparks lots of opportunity for discussion.  I think it is an important book and I highly recommend it.
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This book is a great story, beautiful illustrations and I love the practical helps in the back for parents/educators to instruct on the books topics. This digital copy was provided to me by NetGalley.
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I like the idea of this book, but I think it is trying to hard to be too many things.  At first it’s a color books about red, yellow, and blue making the world a colorful thing. But then it’s a friendship book, and then a helping others book, and a caring about yourself book.  As I said, this book is trying to do too much.  The story needs to be paired down, shorter, and better laid out, and the two pages for “Notes” to parents are not necessary.  If you have to explain how to use your book, then you have done something wrong.
#BBRC #AtoZ
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Thank you to #netgalley for providing this book for our review. Victor enjoyed this one! He said that Mr Red was grumpy but he learned about saying sorry and being a good friend. A great social emotional book to read with kids!
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I was very interested in this simple book cover and wanted to find out what it was all about. Red is a color and he loves everything red and thinks everything should be red. He isn't really good at being friendly and cooperating with the other colors that want to combine and make other fun colors, because why change red?

This book showcases lots of different objects and will help with color learning but also focuses on playing well with others and that being together can be a good thing and being alone can be sad and lonely.

I thought that the images were a lot of fun, and they were bright and engaging. The story was a good one and I think as a teaching tool for many ages this book could be fun - starting with colors and moving up to the cooperation aspects. 

I liked this book and think it will make a great addition to a learning library.
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Red Yellow Blue is a beautiful book at purpose, interaction, kindness and interconnectedness and how at the end of the day, we all need each other. While we might each have our own tasks, we can also create new and beautiful things when we work with each other. 
The end pages and guide were incredibly helpful and a wonderful addition to the book.
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I really liked the concept of this book. The importance of cooperation and the need we have for connection to others is a very good lesson for little ones. But I think that this book didn't execute the idea very well. There were words used that would be difficult for children to understand. Also, I think that with a little more to the book, the concept would have come across better. I didn't feel like there was much growth for Red. Overall, a nice concept, but the execution was lacking for me.
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I just read Red, Yellow and Blue with my three boys (11,9,6). I had a hard time understanding which age group this book would be appropriate for. The simplistic story of 'wanting to be left alone' and 'working together' was geared toward the kindergarten-2nd graders however the language and vocabulary is was to advanced for this age group! I had hoped to use the book and read it with my 6 year old but after the introduction of the three colors he could not read the story. I enjoyed the illustrations but again they felt more geared toward the K-2 group. While I enjoyed the visuals of this book, the extensive vocabulary and language will probably deter me from purchasing and adding to my collection.
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This book was just ok for me. It is a good book to promote cooperation, belonging and forgiveness. This book could be a good resource while talking one on one with a young child or even a teacher to their class.
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I love the premise behind the book, and the illustrations are lovely, but the reading level is far too high for a picture book geared towards young children. The vocabulary is too complex.
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Such a sweet book! I loved that it showed the beauty in cooperation as well as the reality that people have bad days and hopefully we can forgive them and not hold grudges. There is additional information located in the back for parents/adults. I will certainly gift this to others!

Thank you, APA and NetGalley!
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I received this arc from NetGalley for an honest review. I liked the concept of this book. It's not just about colors but also about being unique and friendship. There is a good message here, but there is also a lot of text on some pages. This book might work for older kids.
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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.
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As it was probably intended, the cover for this book caught my eye. Those colors look adorable. But I love the way that the message comes across to young readers in the story. Red is busy, thank you, “taking his job seriously” because who wants to fail their hue? Not me. He doesn’t have time to be interrupted by Yellow admiring his roses. Alas Red just doesn’t give enough priority to being a primary color and mixing with Yellow and Blue to color pumpkins. But left all alone and lonely, he realizes what he’s missing. Thank goodness someone is there to nudge him into saying sorry and get him back with his friends to make one of the wonders of the world: a sunset. B+
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