I am so pleased to be joining in with the Book Review Blitz for the picture book, "When Violet Was Blue" by Deb Troehler.
What a delightful book! As a primary school teacher, I have built up quite a collection of children's books. My favourites are picture books, and especially those which I can use as a springboard for teaching in the classroom. This little book fits the bill perfectly. Not only does it explain in a fun and interesting way how rainbows are created, but it also teaches that, as friends, we must co-operate to achieve a shared goal, and give and take and bend a little - the "bend" in the rainbow.
I loved the simple but beautiful illustrations, the short sentences and rhyming patterns. A great book for reading aloud or for readers who are just setting off on their own.
An added bonus for us teachers are the activities at the back of the book - saves us a heap of time!
About the BookTitle: When Violet Was Blue
Author & Illustrator: Deb Troehler
Publication Date: April 24, 2014
Recommended Ages: 3 to 6
Summary: Little Violet has a problem. She knows that she needs the help of others, but simply cannot figure out how her friends can help her solve this problem. With assistance from an unlikely source, Violet and her rainbow friends find a way to brighten the day for everyone.
Told in rhyme, When Violet Was Blue is a bouncy tale that children from 3 to 6-years-old will ask to hear over and over again.
What People Are Saying
“What a fun book to teach children the importance of team work! When Violet was Blue is also a great book to help children learn their colors. The author included some facts about rainbows, along with some other wonderful activities for children, after the story. I would highly recommend When Violet Was Blue! ” ~ 5 Star Review, Dana L., Amazon
“Deb Troehler’s children’s book, When Violet Was Blue, will have children and adults alike smiling as they read of Violet and her friends’ efforts to reach Cloud and scatter him. Troehler also illustrated this book and her illustrations, especially her grumpy Cloud, are just marvelous. Parents will appreciate the simple and beautiful way Troehler explains how rainbows are made and how working together can help get lots of seemingly impossible things accomplished. They’ll also love the science facts, projects, and math games that are included in the back of the book. When Violet Was Blue is fun, enlightening, and educational, and best of all, it does make one smile while reading it. ” ~ 5 Star Jack Magnus, Readers’ Favorite
About the Author: Deb Troehler
Mrs. Troehler was a special education teacher for 15 years. After leaving the classroom due to a recurrence of cancer, her family moved to West Michigan to spend time with her husband’s family. To help make ends meet, Deb wrote instructional material and stories for several trade magazines such as Doll Crafter, Doll Reader, and Soft Dolls and Animals. Eventually, the magic of West Michigan motivated Deb to put pen to paper and record the stories inspired by her treks up and down the shores of Lake Michigan. When Violet Was Blue is Deb’s third book for children.