by Michael Hall
Red was a crayon, but he wasn't very good at being a red crayon.
Despite his efforts, his parents and teacher help, and his grandparents advise, he just couldn't be a good red crayon. It took Red many disappointments and failures to realize it was nothing wrong with him. He just was blue. When he discovers he IS actually good at being Blue, everything looks easier and more pleasant, and it becomes obvious for everyone what a talented blue crayon he is.
What made Red a "loser" was that he couldn't meet OTHER crayons expectations. Everybody had something to say about what the reasons for Red's failures were, or the best way to make him finally catch on. But nobody took the time to see who really Red was.
I loved the detail of the story being told by Pencil, someone who knows Red, and even tried to help him at some point.
The goal of this book is to display in a funny way the importance of know our inner selves as a first step to excel in whatever is our gift. And also how unfair we are if we judge a turtle because of its skills to fly.
Age range:5 to 10 years old.