“Blue was a quiet color.”  Thus “One” begins.  All of the other colors and Blue get along very well… except for Red.  Red is a hothead and likes to bully Blue.  Blue is afraid of Red.  The other colors try to comfort him, but none of them stand up to Red.  Red just becomes more and more fearful to Blue as well as the others.  Then One comes along and helps the colors to stand strong, to stand together, and to make a difference.  I will leave “how” this happens unsaid for the story is just too good to give it all away.

“One” is a special book for many reasons – it helps children with bullying.  Yes, there are many books about bullying these days, but this one is truly unique and would work well for younger children to deal with this growing problem.  The book is also a teaching tool for learning to count and learning the primary and secondary colors.

Ms. Otoshi is also the illustrator.  The drawings/watercolors are very simple, yet are perfect expressions of what is going on in the story.

Kathryn Otoshi is the founder of KO Kids Books, a children’s book author and illustrator of at least five books now.  By day, she works at Robert Zemeckis’s award winning film company, ImageMovers Digital (Christmas Carol, Monster House). Prior to this, Otoshi worked at George Lucas’s Industrial Light & Magic (Star Wars) as the Graphic Design and Multimedia Art Director, where she led a team of designers to create hundreds of promotional pieces.  She has been a scholarship recipient of the Publishers Marketing Association and a guest speaker/panelist at many book venues, including the San Francisco Writers Conference, the Harbourfront Book Festival, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (2010).  She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
You can find her @ http://www.kokidsbooks.com
and here for an interview:   http://www.timeforkids.com/news/qa-kathryn-otoshi/13671

Reading Level: 4 – 8 Years

You will love this book!!

…as did many others by the many awards this book has won:

E. B. White Read Aloud Honor Book
Teacher’s Choice Award
Young Voices Foundation Award
Moonbeam Children’s Book Medalist
Mom’s Choice Award
Nautilus Gold Winner
IPPY Book Award (Independent Publishers)
Hicklebee’s Book of the Year
NCIBA Best Illustrated Award (NorCal Booksellers)
Reader Views Best Children’s Book
Flicker Tale Award

Book Information

  • ISBN-13: 9780972394642
  • Publisher: KO Kids Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

I originally reviewed this fine book in January, 2014.


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