We read “The Boy of Color” together for the first time tonight and I rushed to my computer after Ty went to sleep to type this review. What a cute story? The boy of color is about a little boy, Blue, who loved to color. I wonder if his name was chosen on purpose. Blue loved to color, draw, design and paint. Blue was passionate about colors until one day, his inspiration well ran dry. He sought advice from his family who were not very helpful. He then went to God in prayer and asked for His help in finding new inspirations to color. God answered his prayer in a beautiful and heart-warming way. The colors, God told him, each represented something wonderful, from love to joy, peace, patience, trust and gentleness. If you are familiar with Galatians 5:22-23, you have probably already identified these descriptions as the fruits of the Spirit. God not only told Blue what each color stood for but he also entrusted him with a very special task…to teach others about all the beautiful colors that God created and to remind others just how beautiful they are, especially people of different colors.
We read some pages of the book twice tonight. Ty wanted to revisit parts of the story and spend some time looking at the pictures, calling out the colors he saw on the pages. The illustrations in the book look like a child’s coloring page, which I think is in part why Ty wanted to go back and read look at them again. I loved the mention of the usefulness of different colors. Each color had a specific characteristic, but individually and together they were all beautiful. I like that the author keeps the theme very child-friendly throughout the book. The ease of the story is not lost, not even as she brings in the context of loving and accepting people of different colors as beautiful.
This beautiful children’s book is written by Sherrie Nelson and illustrated by Joquese Cantrell. Sherrie Nelson was 15 at the time she wrote the book, and Joquese Cantrell was 14. They were both attending an after school program for high-risk inner-city children. They wrote the book in that setting and went on to be published. I will certainly read this book with Ty again and am thinking of coloring activities to go along with it, as I believe I can use this book to reinforce colors with Ty.
Preschool Skills Covered in this Book: – Coloring; – Drawing; – Cultural sensitivity; – Relationship with God