Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Kathryn the Grape's Colorful Adventure - by Kathryn Cloward with Ginny Hornby, Illustrated by Christine Winscott

Kathryn the Grape is not having a good evening. She has stories to tell at the dinner table, but nobody seems to be paying any attention to her. Her parents are only listening to what her brothers have to say. Then, on top of everything else, she gets sent to her room because she complains about not liking dinner! Kathryn feels unloved, alone and invisible. Kathryn’s not alone in her room, however, and she’s about to go on a very special adventure with a very special magical butterfly friend, Maggie. With the help of Maggie and a colorful charm bracelet, Kathryn learns to trust herself and to use words to voice what she’s feeling inside. She also learns to apologize when she’s done something wrong.

Kathryn the Grape’s Colorful Adventure is a vividly colorful picture book that delights the eyes and the heart with its positive message that teaches children how colorful and special they are. I would especially recommend this book for independent female readers up to age 8, although some older readers will certainly enjoy this book as well. This self-esteem building book would make a wonderful addition to any child’s library and this would be a great book to read together as a family.