Purplicious

Title: Purplicious

Author: Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann

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Illustrator: Victoria Kann

Publisher and Year: Harper Collins Publisher, 2007

Number of pages: 30 pages

Tags/Themes: Bullying, Elementary School, Individuality, Grades K-5

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Descriptive Annotation:

In the story, a little girl named Pinkalicious, loves the color pink! One day all the girls at school decide that the color pink is out of style and black is now in. Pinkalicious disagrees with all of the girls and the girls start to tease her. This makes Pinkalicious very sad and she starts to feel alone. Pinkalicious then starts to dislike the color pink too because she feels like since the girls at school do not like pink, she shouldn’t either. The next day in school, Pinkalicious meets a girl in art who likes the color pink, and the girl teaches Pinkalicious that by mixing pink and blue together you can make purple. Pinkalicious and the girl become friends because they believe pink is powerful!

The illustrations of this book include bright colors, textured like pictures, and pages that include small amounts of text. The illustrations are very eye capturing with lots of color including warm and cool colors. Some of the pages have hidden textured pieces in the pictures. For an example one page has an illustration of an outside scene and the leaves on the trees are textured. If the reader looks closely at the leaves, they will see music notes on the leaves. This is very creative way of incorporating texture and encourages the reader to examine the pages closely.

Linguistic and Cultural Diversity Analysis: The story of Pinkalicious does not represent many cultures but the lesson on bullying and individuality can pertain to all cultures. In the book all of the girls who are mean to Pinkalicious are white but in the school bus scene the reader will see that the bus is filled with a more diverse population of students.

Interdisciplinary Connections: This story could be used as a fine arts lesson in art. The story discusses using color to define emotion and mixing colors to create new colors. This book could be read and then students could discuss what other emotions, specific colors portray and then complete a project on defining their emotions with color. Students could also illustrate try to illustrate their stories that they wrote the same way the illustrator does. Students can hide different symbols in their art while illustrating a scene of their story.

Other Information: This book has two strong themes of individuality and bullying. All students can relate to both of these topics because most people use something like a hobby to define themselves. This book also shows that bullying is not okay and the affects it could have on someone even if it’s just over a color someone likes to wear. The book is a very girly so it may spike interest in more girls than boys but overall the message that the Kann’s wrote out is very powerful and all students should be able to relate to it. I could see myself using this book when discussing bullying or individuality. I could also see myself using it in a fine arts lesson because it makes students think deeper about colors. It makes the students look past just the color but also makes them pair a  mood or feeling to a color.

If you are interested in this book and others similar to it, check out the prequel, Pinkalicious!

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