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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
The world is full of differences: big things, small things, young things and old things, things that fly high and things that go low, and so much more. These are opposites, but these are also differences. And there are many more examples: some are tangible, like the things we see, others are emotions, like happy and sad, mean and nice. Differences. Opposites. A complexity of concepts that can be easily and simply explained.
Rebecca Rae Williams’ picture book story, Red, Blue, Stripes Too! A Book About Differences, is a fun read for the very young reader. The language is simple – each page has only one short sentence that describes something, like “Some things are red” on one page with lots of images of red items, while the next page is “Some things are blue” with lots of images of blue things. Then for an emotion-based opposite, one page says “Some things are sad” with a boy crying in the playground, while the next page says “Some things are very, very bad” with a cat on the kitchen counter, having knocked over a pitcher of milk. This will have the young reader chuckling along.
Rebecca Rae Williams uses rhyming verse to give the simple lessons a lyrical approach that will have young readers enraptured and perhaps even adding some of their own rhyming phrases of differences and opposites. This simple presentation will not only teach young readers about differences and opposites, it will help them begin to improve their reading skills. With bold, vibrantly colorful illustrations, the book is presented with enthusiasm and care and will be instantly appealing to the young reader.