Review: ColorFull: Celebrating the Colors God Gave Us by Dorena Williamson

ColorFull: Celebrating the Colors God Gave Us by Dorena Williamson
Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu
Stephanie's rating: 3 out of 5 bookmarks

ColorFull: Celebrating the Colors God Gave Us is a book based on a fun and different way of looking at race and differences in people. As children explore the world of color surrounding them, Granny Mac helps them to consider how colors make life more beautiful and interesting. She mentions how some people think we should be "color blind" when it comes to skin color, but how enjoying and celebrating a colorFULL world is better than being blind. This book is a nice challenge to the politically correct notion of entirely ignoring differences in skin color. It is presented in a fun, non-confrontational manner by having kids and a grandma discuss the matter.

The artwork in the book is fun and vivid and the kids liked to find different colors on each page, however, the story was awkwardly put together. In trying so hard to make the characters talk about the subject of colors and differences in people, the natural flow of conversation was lost and feels stilted. Though my kids enjoyed the book and liked the pictures, they weren't quite able to pick up on the meaning of the book without my helping them understand it, and it is not a book that I, as an adult, would enjoy reading numerous times to my kids.

As a starter book for talking to kids ages 4 - 8 about race, this book would do a pretty good job. However, when taking the book as a whole, I would only give it 3 out of 5 bookmarks.

Stephanie Garrett is a busy homeschooling mom of three who somehow always finds time to read. She has been a voracious reader since childhood and even won a bicycle in elementary school for having read the most books! She enjoys learning and growing and never turns down an opportunity to try something new. Her first love is the Lord and service to Him, second is family, and reading. She believes that anyone who learns to read with comprehension can go anywhere and do anything! She also enjoys music, theatre, sewing, and mathematics.

Disclosure: The publisher provided us with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.


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