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.