The toddler in Kathy Stinson's Red Is Best has a problem. As she explains on the opening page, "My mom doesn't understand about red." Red is Kelly's favourite, and yet her mother is forever trying to convince her to wear other colours. Her mother's reasons are uniformly practical--for example, "Your red mitts have holes in them"--but they fail to take into account the magical powers her pint-sized daughter knows her red things possess. Her brown mittens may be warmer, but "my red mitts make better snowballs." Similarly, Kelly's red stockings help her jump higher, her red boots take bigger steps, and her red pyjamas "keep the monsters away when I'm sleeping."
Kathy gives an overview of the book:
I like my red mitts the best.
My mom says, "Your brown mitts are warmer. Your red mitts have holes in them."
Kathy long ago sorted mail, waited tables, and taught school for five years, before finally figuring out that what she really wanted to do was write. She now has over 30 titles to her credit which include young adult fiction, novels for middle readers, picture books, non-...
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