Book Review: Red – A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall

This is one of those gems adults get to experience, unless under special circumstances. If you’re in a teacher training course and have a clever mentor, if you got it as a gift to read your own child, or if you are a wise teacher who love fostering self-esteem in your students.
The moral of this story is to value what/who you are inside and not worry about the outside as much. Our uniqueness comes from within.

It would be too simple to say that Michael wants us all to remember to never judge a book by its cover, or a candy by its wrapping. This adorable story goes much deeper!
The world often only sees our outsides and judges us based on that. When we don’t take the time to get to know ourselves, we might end up seeing ourselves only as others do.
If that vision causes you discomfort and sadness, you are probably not being the authentic you. That is a hard gift to take, and it is a gift when you understand it.
Look inside and ask yourself “is it possible I’m not what people see?” Chances are you’ll attract someone who will feel your question and ask you to consider your differences.

Ps: my mentor in university read this to our class and all 20 of us teachers-in-training were moved to silence.

Sometimes great things come in simple packages.

Now, go read this book!!!


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