Today I am reviewing a children’s picture book called When Violet was Blue by Deb Troehler. Let’s get to know the author first :
Deb Troehler has worn many hats over the years—teacher, fabric artist, author, illustrator, gardener, mother, and grandmother. Although each hat is unique, they are all stitched with a common thread—Deb’s connections to her loved ones and the world around her.
Mrs. Troehler was a special education teacher for 15 years. After leaving the classroom due to a recurrence of cancer, her family moved to West Michigan to spend time with her husband’s family. To help make ends meet, Deb wrote instructional material and stories for several trade magazines such as Doll Crafter, Doll Reader, and Soft Dolls and Animals. Eventually, the magic of West Michigan motivated Deb to put pen to paper and record the stories inspired by her treks up and down the shores of Lake Michigan. When Violet Was Blue is Deb’s third book for children.
Little Violet has a problem. She knows that she needs the help of others, but simply cannot figure out how her friends can help her solve this problem. With assistance from an unlikely source, Violet and her rainbow friends find a way to brighten the day for everyone.
Told in rhyme, When Violet Was Blue is a bouncy tale that children from 3 to 6-years-old will ask to hear over and over again.
This is such a sweet book, perfect for children aged below 6. The protagonist of this story, named Violet is sad since she is blue in color. Several other colors come around to her to cheer her up. She wants the cloud to move away so that the sun can shine through and her hue will change from blue to violet. However, the cloud is adamant not to move.
Finally the colors learn a very important lesson. If they stay together and cooperate, they can make things happen!. It’s such a lovely moral for kids, teaching them the importance of team work. This a quick read and one that will leave the children excited, since there are plenty of illustrations to look at. These illustrations, which are also done by the author, are very nice and cute.
There are some fun activities at the end of the story like maths and fill in the blanks that will help kids remember what they just learned 🙂
I give this book 5 out of 5 which by Goodness standards mean ‘it was amazing’.
Links to the book
Source : I received a complimentary ebook copy for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.