In a nutshell, blue is being bullied by red.
All of the other colors just kind of stand around and let it happen because they're so scared of red. Until 1 comes around. And changes things...and shows all of the other colors how to stand up and count.
I love the last line of the book, "Sometimes it just takes one."
This book lends itself beautifully to a lesson on bullying. Which is always an important topic, even for our little ones. It has lead to some wonderful and candid conversations about bullying, being who we are, and the power each of us has to make even a small difference.
I love to use this book for teaching inferences as well. You can make great inferences about character traits with this book because each color has very distinct traits that can be inferred through the color's actions. I created a quick inference sheet to use with this book.
Feel free to click on the picture to grab it from Google Docs. There is a sheet specifically for inferencing character traits with the book One, a blank character trait sheet to use with any other story, and nine character trait word cards to go with the book One. If you do grab it, please please please leave some love. :) I love love love your comments!
Hope you had a good Monday and are recovering from your Peeps/chocolate/candy hang over! :-)