3 out of 4 stars
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What’s Your Favorite Color? is an illustrated children’s book by Amber L. Lassiter. The book follows the protagonist Amber, who is excited about a particular day at school.
Amber’s teacher is named after the author herself - Mrs. Lassiter. Mrs. Lassiter has asked the students to wear a piece of clothing resembling their favorite color. She asks them to keep their favorite colors a secret. The task of the day is to paint a picture with colors, one of which should be their favorite color. After the students’ paintings have dried, they will be displayed at the end of the day, when everyone will get a chance to reveal their secret favorite colors. Since Amber didn’t bring her colors, she’s forced to borrow from her friends. This leads to them guessing her favorite color, but ultimately, everyone’s guess turns out to be wrong.
This book surprised me. What started as a fun little book made me turn the pages with curiosity by the end. Each page is accompanied by a lovely digital art. The three-dimensional illustrations adds depth to the story, allowing us to clearly visualize it. Each incident in the story is followed by a question related to it, with a blank page for kids to fill up with their answer, like in a workbook. The questions are thoughtful and would encourage kids to think deeply about the characters and the decisions they make. I liked how the story focused on emotions and thoughts. For younger readers, the suspense about Amber’s favorite color will also make them curious to read further, teaching them to differentiate between colors. The follow-up questions would be a great psychological exercise for young readers if practiced properly with supervision.
My favorite aspect of the book was the diversity. The main character Amber is a brown girl with curly hair. Mrs. Lassiter is also shown as a brown woman. The other kids are diverse too - white-blond and Asian. But their heritage isn’t obvious from the character names or the story, only from the illustrations. Either way, it was delightful to see such diverse representation in a children's book.
The only slight misgiving I had was with the writing. The story was easily understandable, but the book was not professionally edited. Some sentences could have been worded better, and I found a few grammatical errors. Due to this reason, I’m compelled to reduce a star rating. I rate the book 3 out of 4 stars. I recommend this book for older kids aged 6-12. This book would be a great way to introduce reading habit among children. Younger kids might require parental assistance to fully grasp the depth of the story.
What's Your Favorite Color?
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