Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Kathryn the Grape's Colorful Adventure

Kathryn the Grape’s Colorful Adventure
By:  Kathryn Cloward
Co-author:  Ginny Hornby
Illustrated by:  Christine Winscott
ISBN:  9780982927717
Published August 1, 2011 by Kandon Publishing
Available Format:  Hardcover

My Rating:  ★★★★★

Kathryn often feels like her parents don’t listen to her and they might love her three brothers more than her.  One night after she storms into her bedroom, her special friend Maggie takes her on a colorful adventure.  With the help of a magical charm bracelet, Kathryn must learn to make her rainbow shine.  Kathryn and the reader learn that everyone has a special light and they must let it shine.

I requested this book because I knew my daughter would just love it.  Purple is her absolute favorite color, just like Kathryn, and her middle name is Catherine!  She was thrilled with the coloring pages and other goodies the author sent along with the book.  And, the book is so amazingly, well, COLORFUL!  The illustrations are big, bold, and gorgeous.  We had to go back through the book several times just to look at all the pretty pictures. 

The story itself is very informative and inspirational.  Feeling things like jealousy, inadequacy, and anger is completely normal for everyone, and sometimes it is hard to teach children about their feelings and how to manage them.  Kathryn tells a great story while teaching children to be confident in themselves, respect others, show love, and use words to calmly express themselves. 

This is a must-have book for children, especially little girls.


  1. It takes a long time to leave comments on your blog, I wonder if you might have something that's blocking it?
    Anyway, I like the idea of "Kathryn The Grape" what age children would it be good for? My granddaughters are age 3 1/2 and 1/1/2 I know the younger is too young to sit still but would this be good for the other?
    PS Cassie, when will we hear how your short story made out in the contest?

  2. Hmmm...I don't know why it is difficult to leave a comment. I'll check into it!

    My daughter will be 4 in January, and she LOVES this book! I think it is less about the message of the story and more about all the beautiful, colorful pages :-). But, yes, I would say your 3.5 year old granddaughter would enjoy it...and the younger will grow into it :-).

    My short story did not make it into the published anthology, but I got GREAT feedback from the president of the publishing company. He said it was a fantastic story, but it just didn't fit in with the other stories they were printing. They lean more toward the horror side, and my story was much more YA fantasy.

    I am using the story as a starting point and continuing on with a full-length novel during NaNoWriMo this month. I am hoping to get everything written and move into edits by the end of the year!

    I do have a short story that will be published in the Creative Reviews Christmas anthology that we are selling for charity. The book is titled "Christmas Lites" and my story is "The Mirror". I will be advertising more about that soon!

    Thanks so much for asking! :-)