Red and Green and Blue and White
On a block dressed up in Red and Green
one house shone Blue and White.
It’s a holiday season that both Isaac, whose family is Jewish, and Teresa, whose family is Christian, have looked forward to for months! They’ve been counting the days, playing in the snow, making cookies, drawing (Teresa) and writing poems (Isaac). They enjoy all the things they share, as well as the things that make them different.
But when Isaac’s window is smashed in the middle of the night, it seems like maybe not everyone appreciates “difference.”
Inspired by a true story, this is a tale of a community that banded together to spread light.
Lee Wind, M.Ed. is the author of the MG nonfiction No Way, They Were Gay?: Hidden Lives and Secret Loves and the YA novel Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill. Lee works for IBPA and SCBWI, and lives in Los Angeles with his husband and their teenage daughter, where he writes stories to empower kids and teens to change the world.
Paul O. Zelinsky has become recognized as one of the most inventive artists in the field of children's literature. Among his many honors are the 1998 Caldecott Medal for Rapunzel, as well as Caldecott Honors for three other books: Hansel and Gretel (1985), Rumpelstiltskin (1987), and Swamp Angel (1995). In 2018, Paul was given the Carle Honor Award for Illustration. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn, New York. They have two grown daughters.
★ “Zelinsky has covered every page with bright colors, with optional text that dances through the pictures and occasional vignettes that add detail and movement to the story. This is a strong addition to holiday stories, one that can be reread and rediscovered many times and whose theme of community support and friendship is appropriate year-round.” —School Library Connection (starred)
★ “The visual treatment here is particularly striking—Caldecott Medalist Zelinsky’s vibrant digital art has the bold, rough-hewn textures of scratch block, and dramatic compositions that recall sweeping cinematography emphasize fraught emotions in this moving historical tale that encourages taking a stand.”—Publishers Weekly (starred)
★ “Captures the celebratory joys of the season. ”—The Horn Book (starred)
★ “A powerful and inspiring example of community, friendship, respect, and love.”—School Library Journal (starred)
“Vibrant and compassionate...Wind and Zelinsky's offering gives young readers an inspirational, empathy-building story about honoring your identity and standing up against hate. Stronger together, indeed.” —Shelf-Awareness
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