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Jeffrey Loves Blue

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A real good book, great 'back & forth' text/conversation on the pages .....accompanied by great, wonderfully colored illustrations. I'd think kids would enjoy this, & adults would also enjoy sharing this with a youngster (maybe geared toward the 4-7 y/o age group?) I think it might be a great conversation starter. A very nice book to have in any library. Yeah, I'd definitely recommend it to all!
I received an e-copy of this book from publisher Owlkid Books via NetGalley in exchange for my reading it & posting my own fair/honest review.

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Jeffrey loves everything about the color blue. He and an unseen narrator tell of him painting with blue and not sharing the color at painting class. But he knows he will need to share at the next class. The story walks through Jeffrey deciding if he can be brave and paint with another color. The story ends on a positive note.

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In this endearing picture book the voice of the narrator, recorded in black type, interacts with Jeffrey's whose words are record in blue script. This choice makes sense because Jeffrey adores the color blue and we see examples of this in his clothes and his food and his actions such as using all of the blue paint during art class. After paying attention to another student's hurt feelings when there is no blue paint for her work, Jeffrey makes a conscious decision to try a different color in order to be show respect for others. This is a very charming picture book that shows that it is important to appreciate our own likes but also to pay attention to how our actions can affect others.

Thank you to NetGalley for access to this early digital edition in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Jeffrey Loves Blue is a cute story about a boy whose favorite color is blue. He lives and breathes blue! When another kid in art class wants to use blue, Jeffrey agrees to try using another color so his friend can use the blue. Jeffrey chooses red, and he realized he likes red! Now Jeffrey lives and breathes red!

This is an adorable tale of trying something new, even reluctantly, and realizing that sometimes - just sometimes - we might like new things that we are scared or unsure of. Great message for kids!

Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this advanced review copy (ARC) in exchange for my honest review on the book!

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Very cute story about acceptance and facing the challenge of going outside one’s comfort zone. Simple story and simple illustrations yet tells much more than the words in the text. An excellent addition to any children’s / classroom library.

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This book is suited for children that are on the spectrum or perhaps have extreme OCD where things need to be a specific way for them to cope. This book is also good to have in a classroom where other children will encounter a child like Jeffrey to help them better understand their behaviour. There are discussion questions with the book, which will certainly benefit helping other classmates understand Jeffrey’s behaviour. Children on the spectrum or others with high needs require a good support network. While no single resource will be a complete solution to understanding a child’s complex needs, this book could be a helpful resource for children like Jeffrey and their classmates have a better understanding and respect for one another. This book would be a good addition to any school or public library.

Thank you to Owlkids Books, Owlkids and NetGalley or providing me with a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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This was a very quiet, gentle book. I can't help but read it with autistic perspective -- the deep appreciation of one thing (in this case the color blue) and the process of shifting to try another color (so other kids get to use blue too) and finding out that color is good too. Here is to all the ear tuggers.

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I received an electronic ARC from Owlkids Books through NetGalley.
Jeffrey is committed to the color blue. Everything he has is blue. He even paints only in blue. Sadly, one of his friends could not use blue to paint as he had used it all. I appreciate his care for his friend and his offer to use another color. Readers see how hard he thinks about this until he comes up with a color to paint with at class. A humorous ending as he makes a change in color. The illustrations keep the focus on the story without extra details.

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This is a cute book about accepting change. Accept and embrace the ones you love, but also recognize the value of other things, and change routines.

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Jeffrey loves the color blue. He sticks to his comfort zone in art class, fixating on creating art using only blue. He eventually gathers the courage to experiment with other colours and even makes a kind gesture for a friend, showing that trying new things can be rewarding.

Jeffrey Loves Blue explores personal preferences, comfort zones, trying new things, and respecting individual differences. It encourages readers to think about their comfort zones and what it might take to step beyond them.

Discussion Questions:
1. Why do you think Jeffrey loves the color blue so much?
2. How does Jeffrey feel when he steps out of his comfort zone in art class?
3. Can you share a time when you tried something new and how it made you feel?
4. Why is it important to respect individual differences like Jeffrey's love for blue?
5. How does the story show the importance of trying new things?
6. What kind of gesture does Jeffrey make for his friend, and what does this teach us?

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This picture book portrays a young boy who is presumably on the spectrum. He loves the color blue, but recognizes that he needs to try to be flexible in art class for the sake of a friend, instead of using all the blue paint. The book is primarily structured around Jeffrey's conversation with his caregiver, who is unidentified on the page and doubles as the story's narrator. They talk through the situation in advance, and then the book shows Jeffrey adapting at art class.

I don't love the ending, because even though it's supposed to be humorous, it feels pat and too easy. However, I do like the sensitive way that this book portrays the main character. There's no mockery or judgment, and the caregiver understands Jeffrey's fixation while also gently challenging him. Also, I noticed that only the caregiver's dialogue has quotation marks around it, while Jeffrey's words do not. I wondered if this was supposed to represent that Jeffrey is nonverbal and was just thinking these responses.

This book's gentle story and subtle representation will be meaningful and helpful for many families with kids on the spectrum. The book could also help neurotypical kids better understand classmates or siblings who are different from them, although they will likely need guidance from adults to help them contextualize and understand the story.

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Jeffrey Loves Blue will guide kids in their understanding that just because a task may seem trivial to them, it can in fact be grueling for someone else. The book shows readers that everyone is different in their own way, but we are all capable of kindness. Empathy and compassion at their strongest flow throughout the book. The illustrations pair perfectly with the title and theme of the book, and help with understanding just how difficult it is for Jeffrey to choose a color other than blue. With the guidance and patience of his caregiver, Jeffrey works the situation out in his head, and eventually arrives at the best decision. Kids, parents and educators alike will love this book!

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A beautiful story about courage explained with a young boy's love of the color blue and the comfort her finds in it.

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This book did a great job modeling giving a child space and time to work through a hyperfixation. I received this as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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What I like about this book is that it feels like it’s written about a kid on the spectrum, but it could also just be about any kid when they fixate on something. I love that the caregiver calmly speaks to Jeffrey about using other colors and thinking about other people’s feelings instead of merely saying, “NO! You need to stop only using blue or only wearing blue!” I thought it was great for both kids and parents to use as a discussion story.

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I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. A book about stepping outside of your comfort zone and trying something new.

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A wonderful book showing empathy and compromise when Jeffrey, who loves everything blue, is asked to try a different color so Keiko can use the blue. Jeffrey thinks blue is the perfect color for him. Can he make the change and try a new color? Cute ending.

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Jeffrey Loves Blue shares a conversation between Jeffrey and his caregiver. The story is creatively told with two fonts and colours for the characters and detailed illustrations. We watch as Jeffrey works is way through his thoughts and feelings around changing the colour he paints with at art class. Jeffrey’s character is sympathetic and true to life. The whole book feels very authentic. It would be a good addition to a classroom or school library interested in diversifying their collection.

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Such a sweet, simple way to show how one young boy who hyperfixates on the color blue is given the time and space he needs to learn to share his blue paint in art class and try something new. This is a great conversation starter for kids and primer for adults. Great!

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Thank you to Net Galley for this free e-copy of Jeffrey Loves Blue by Loretta Garbutt in exchange for a honest review.I shared this book with my preschoolers and 6 year old grandson.This is a great book to teach empathy and how it’s ok to step outside your comfort zone to try new things.Jeffrey loves the color blue and everything from his clothes to his paints have to be blue.When a friend, wants to use his blue paint, he realizes it’s ok to try new things.Great book for preschoolers.

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