The Color of Friendship


Children - Picture Book
30 Pages
Reviewed on 12/31/2020
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Everyone is different. Even the color of their skin is different. Violet’s skin is a shade of purple and everyone in her community is a different shade of purple. Violet loves the color purple. But, when her mother’s job means they have to move to another community, Violet learns that not everyone’s skin is a shade of purple. In her new hometown, everyone is a different shade of orange. Violet feels a bit isolated until one day she meets Ginger at the park and the two become great friends. Even though Ginger’s skin color is a shade of orange and Violet’s skin color is a shade of purple, the two girls become inseparable. They don’t care about their different skin colors.

Adrienne Graham’s picture book story, The Color of Friendship, is a unique way of introducing differences to young readers. Taking two skin colors one wouldn’t normally expect to find, purple and orange, the author creates a world of acceptance and how children accept skin color differences with ease. If young people aren’t influenced by adults to view skin colors as being a defining factor of a person, then young people will accept different skin colors as easily as accepting different hair colors. The plot is well developed and the issue of skin color is discussed in a 'colorful' presentation of purple and orange. The illustrations help drive the point home and young readers will instantly relate to the two girls in the story. The story is simply told with a powerful message: skin color doesn’t matter, friendship does.