One by Kathyrn Otoshi

One by Kathyrn Otoshi 150 150 Reader Views Kids

Kathyrn Otoshi
KO Kids Books (2008)
ISBN 9780972394642
Reviewed by Cayden (age 4) and Max (age 2) Aures and Mom for Reader Views (10/08)


“One” begins with Blue and the things he likes to do.  Sometimes he wishes he had the traits of some of the other colors, but he likes himself the way he is too.  What he doesn’t like is when he is around Red.  Red is a bully and picks on him.  No one ever stands up for Blue and because of this Red gets bigger and bigger until everyone is scared of him.  That is, until One comes along.

Cayden:  “Blue likes doing a lot of things that he is the color of.  He likes looking at the sky and the sky is blue.  He likes being on the waves and those are blue too.”

Cayden:  “What does ‘regal’ mean and why is purple ‘regal’?”

Max:  “Red is mean!”

Cayden:  “Very mean!  He shouldn’t pick on people!”

Max:  “Bigger and bigger!! Colors scared!  Run!  Run!”

Cayden:  “One is different!  He told Red ‘No!’”

Max:  “Numbers!”

Cayden:  “They are all turning into numbers now.”

Cayden:  “I think I can read this one to Max.  It is good for him to learn his colors and his numbers because he doesn’t know them all yet.  I liked One the best because he told the bully Red ‘No!’ and no one else did.  I liked that the pictures were just colors and numbers and nothing else.  I am going to go read it to Max now!”

Max:  “Cayden read to me!  Count and colors!”

Parent’s comments:
“One” by Kathyrn Otoshi is a great book as it incorporates the fundamentals like colors and counting but also teaches a message about bullying.  My children and I loved the basic illustrations in the book.  Although simple, the message was conveyed wonderfully.  I personally love the cover of the book, sometimes less is definitely more!

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