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The Crayon Box That Talked (Shane DeRolf)

on February 9, 2012
The crayon box that talked
The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane DeRolf
Illustrated by Michael Letzig
Age: Picture Book
Random House, 1996
ISBN: 9780679886112 / 22 pages
Find this book at your local library 

The crayons are at war with each other, and its up to one little girl to try to bring them together by showing them what they have in common.

This book is one of my favorite picture books. A library patron recommended this book after noticing we didn’t have it on our shelves. I’m so glad we purchased this book. Michael Letzig’s full-page color explosions brightly light up each page. The angry faces on the crayons are hilarious, and its great to see the images drawn by the little girl in the story. Shane DeRolf takes us through the story of warring crayons in short, but precise sentences in rhyme. This is a fantastic book for storytime. It goes over different emotional concepts such as anger, prejudice, compromise, and cooperation. The young girl that buys the box of crayons shows them that when they work together, they can create something beautiful. The book also covers more basic concepts of colors, shapes and objects.

“We are a box of crayons
That doesn’t get along.”
Said Blue to all the others,
“Something here is wrong!”

Then later when the little girl starts coloring with the crayons:

They watched as I colored,
With Red and Blue and Green,
And Black and White and Orange
And every color in between.
They watched as Green became the grass
and Blue became the sky.
The Yellow sun was shining bright
On White clouds drifting by.

The words have a very sing-song, fluid pace to them, which makes it great for storytime for babies and toddlers. It’s also a great intro to an upcoming art or craft project.

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