A Crayon's Story

Picture Book - 2015
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Red's factory-applied label clearly says that he's red, but despite the best efforts of his teacher, fellow crayons and art supplies, and family members, he can't seem to do anything right until a new friend offers a fresh perspective.
Publisher: New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, c2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062252074
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm


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DBRL_JessicaS Jan 30, 2020

All his family and friends believed he was a red crayon, but he felt so bad at it. He can't draw strawberries, he can't help color an orange, and no matter how hard he tries, he can't be a red crayon. Until someone asks him to be a blue crayon for a project. He finds that is so easy to do. He accepts that he is a blue crayon, despite what other crayons or office supplies say, and he is much happier.

IndyPL_ShannonO Jun 11, 2019

This is a really great book to read to children if you're looking to introduce them to LGBTQ+ concepts like gender identity. The story was also a big hit in story time since we also get to talk about all sorts of colors!

Nov 04, 2017


Jun 13, 2017

Crayons make such good subjects for young children's books and this is another charmer. I would add a "heads up" to watchful parents, though. Those who would promote gender identity issues will jump on this and the older child readers may think it stupidly obvious that "Red" should see himself for what he is and take his wrapper off. I'm with them because the wrapper is external form of communication. However, the whole issue of what others say and do to us that influences how we see ourselves is what most parents will embrace and wish to discuss with their child.

May 03, 2017

Super cute story! Anyone who has ever felt like they didn't fit into someone else's cookie cutter idea of who they should be, can relate to the story.
Read this to our almost 2yr old and my only note is make sure they really know their colors (so they aren't too confused).

mvkramer Dec 02, 2016

I love this story! A young crayon learns that he isn't lazy or stupid - he just isn't red. He's blue! A great story about being yourself and finding your true talents.

SPL_Kids Jun 23, 2016

A review of this book can be found in the "Summary" section. The review was published in the Stratford Gazette in March, 2016.

Dec 18, 2015

Absolutely fabulous story about how labels can misrepresent who we really are. It is a great read aloud. Cute and engaging but what a great message. The moral of this story can be applied to so many aspects of life. This might be one of my favourite books of the year.

LibrLdyMapleValley Nov 28, 2015

Wow! This book is so simple but deals with huge ideas. Full of discussion possibilities!

McIndoo Jul 15, 2015

Just brilliant! Very simple with minimal and stark illustrations. It's all about being different and not conforming to what people think you should be, being accepted for who you truly are, although sometimes it takes a while for that to happen!

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Dec 04, 2018

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SPL_Kids Jun 23, 2016

"Red" was actually a blue crayon, but no one knew this. Someone in the factory had applied the wrong label to him.
Poor Red just couldn't colour anything correctly. He couldn't make a red strawberry or a red anything.
His teacher thought that he needed more practice ... but more practice didn't help.
His mother thought that he needed to mix more with the other colours. That didn't help either.
The other crayons and the art supplies had many suggestions for Red. The masking tape wrapped Red tightly together, in case he was broken inside. the pencil sharpener sharpened him to a fine point - in case he wasn't "sharp" enough. And the scissors readjusted his label, in case it was too tight.
But even with all their help, Red couldn't color correctly.
One day, Red met a new friend who asked him to make a blue ocean for his boat. "I can't - I'm red." said Red. "Will you try?" asked the other crayon.
Red did try ... and his ocean was perfect - a perfect blue!
Red didn't stop there. He made a bluebird, bluebell flowers, blue jeans, blueberries, a big blue sky and even a huge blue whale.
"I'm BLUE!" he said happily, and the other crayons were very happy for him.
This heartwarming, funny and insightful story is about seeing things from a fresh perspective and finding the courage to be true to your "inner self".
** Recommended for ages 3 to 7 years.


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