November 2012

One by Kathryn Otoshi

Why get a “normal” counting book when you can use an anti-bullying one?

I am always on the lookout for new books that share not just gorgeous art and storytelling, but also positive messages with my kiddo. When I came across Kathryn Otoshi’s colors and counting picture book called One, I knew I had found a winner.

The story personifies colors. Blue is a quiet little color, for example, who likes to do blue things, like jumping in water or sky gazing, while orange is outgoing, green is bright and purple is regal. The illustrations are very simple—just blobs of watercolor for each personified color—but they’re also very bright and help illustrate the personality. Regal purple is very composed, for example, while sunny yellow has fuzzy protrusions that make it look like the sun.