Mixed
The reds, the yellows, and the blues all think they're the best in this vibrant, thought-provoking picture book with a message of acceptance and unity. In the beginning, there were three colors . . .Reds,Yellows,and Blues.All special in their own ways, all living in harmony--until one day, a Red says "Reds are the best!" and starts a color kerfuffle. When the colors decide to separate, is there anyting that can change their minds?A Yellow, a Blue, and a never-before-seen color might just save the day in this inspiring book about color, tolerance, and embracing differences.

Mixed Details

TitleMixed
Author
ReleaseJul 3rd, 2018
PublisherHenry Holt & Company
ISBN-139781250142733
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books

Mixed Review

  • Rita
    January 1, 1970
    MIXED is a great new concept book that makes learning about colors fun for kids and adults! In the beginning there were three colors: Reds, Yellows, and Blues. Each of them had their own qualities and they lived in perfect harmony. One afternoon Reds decided to declare that they were the best color of all. This didn’t go well with the other colors and after that they decided to live separate lives and moved to different parts of the city. Then one day, Yellow and Blue started to hang out and bec MIXED is a great new concept book that makes learning about colors fun for kids and adults! In the beginning there were three colors: Reds, Yellows, and Blues. Each of them had their own qualities and they lived in perfect harmony. One afternoon Reds decided to declare that they were the best color of all. This didn’t go well with the other colors and after that they decided to live separate lives and moved to different parts of the city. Then one day, Yellow and Blue started to hang out and become friends! They were inseparable. The other colors showed their disapproval, but in the end love prevailed and Blue and Yellow decided to MIX. The illustration for their MIX is their wedding day with family and friends. Together, they created a new color they named Green! Everyone loved Green so much that the other colors decided it was a good idea if they mixed too. In the end, there was a variety of happy colors living together and they filled the city with color.This bright new picture book not only introduces the concept of color to kids, but it also has a powerful message about acceptance, tolerance, and respect for others. What a great new addition for your library to share with children!
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  • Lenna
    January 1, 1970
    A young child’s first look at segregation and integration. Good for opening up discussions.
  • Lorie Barber
    January 1, 1970
    Masterfully written and illustrated with powerful metaphors for social justice. Tolerance, kindness, and seeing points of view of others are lessons kids will take to heart and, hopefully, share with others. Or, as my daughter said after reading, “It doesn’t matter what you look like, it’s what’s on the inside.” A definite #classroombookaday.
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  • Annese
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so cute, simple, and powerful! Only downside, I wish I wrote it myself.
  • JoEllen
    January 1, 1970
    Mixed is a must-have PB from @arreechung. Powerful message in simple picture book. Life lessons around acceptance, tolerance, respect for others. Masterful use of primary colors to illustrate the beauty of diversity and acceptance for all. Great book for difficult and necessary conversations esp in our scary world. ‪Mixed is a must-have PB from @arreechung. Powerful message in simple picture book. Life lessons around acceptance, tolerance, respect for others. Masterful use of primary colors to illustrate the beauty of diversity and acceptance for all. Great book for difficult and necessary conversations esp in our scary world.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    4 1/2 starsNobody is the best, but one day a Red announces that Reds are the best and starts the whole color war. Soon none of the colors are getting along; all of go their separate ways. Until, a small change happens! Sometimes that is all it takes, for one person to make a small step to take a big change. This is a concept book about colors quite unlike any other that I've ever read, or maybe it is a book about something else entirely? You should read it for yourself and decide! I look forward 4 1/2 starsNobody is the best, but one day a Red announces that Reds are the best and starts the whole color war. Soon none of the colors are getting along; all of go their separate ways. Until, a small change happens! Sometimes that is all it takes, for one person to make a small step to take a big change. This is a concept book about colors quite unlike any other that I've ever read, or maybe it is a book about something else entirely? You should read it for yourself and decide! I look forward to reading it to all sorts of different ages and seeing what they think.
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  • Terri Farris
    January 1, 1970
    Bright Colors to attract the eye. Message presented in a wonderful way
  • Lizzy Lan
    January 1, 1970
    This is the most amazing book!! A must read!!
  • Michele Knott
    January 1, 1970
    A book that can be used with a variety of ages and have different conversations about how we’re all special.
  • Natasha
    January 1, 1970
    Every child, school, and library needs this book on their shelf. ❤❤❤
  • Ms. Rose
    January 1, 1970
    Was reading this at #nerdcampMI and in the middle of reading it a teacher turned around to tell me that the boys in Thailand had all gotten out of the cave; I was reminded that there is potential for good in this world.
  • Alene
    January 1, 1970
    This book reminds me so much of Leo Lionni's classic book from 1959, "Little Blue and Little Yellow."The timeless themes are reinvented using bold and humorous illustrations. A great way for children to learn about colors, while getting an introduction to inclusion and diversity.
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  • Brittany Craig
    January 1, 1970
    When a picture book makes you tear up from joy and hope, that's a great book! This can serve as a great teaching tool about discrimination, segregation and the importance of diversity.
  • Maria Marshall
    January 1, 1970
    This book explores tolerance, discrimination, and segregation in a fun, accessible manner that will make an impact on kids and adults alike. The bravery of two dots to defy their community's segregation by color (red, blue, and yellow), results not only in the creation of a new color, but transforms their town into something amazing. The simplicity of the black and white town and the expressive faces and fun headgear of the dots bring these issues to a child's level without being condescending o This book explores tolerance, discrimination, and segregation in a fun, accessible manner that will make an impact on kids and adults alike. The bravery of two dots to defy their community's segregation by color (red, blue, and yellow), results not only in the creation of a new color, but transforms their town into something amazing. The simplicity of the black and white town and the expressive faces and fun headgear of the dots bring these issues to a child's level without being condescending or preachy. It is a beautiful book about acceptance and individuality. One that should be a part of every library.
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  • Baby Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily!Hello, friends! Our book today is Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung, a wonderful lesson in the importance of community diversity.At first, there were only three colors: the Reds, the Yellows, and the Blues. The Reds were the loudest and most opinionated, the Yellows the brightest and most cheerful, and the Blues were the coolest by far. At first, they all lived in harmony, until a disagree This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily!Hello, friends! Our book today is Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung, a wonderful lesson in the importance of community diversity.At first, there were only three colors: the Reds, the Yellows, and the Blues. The Reds were the loudest and most opinionated, the Yellows the brightest and most cheerful, and the Blues were the coolest by far. At first, they all lived in harmony, until a disagreement broke out about which color was the best. The negativity spread to every citizen in the city, and soon the colors had segregated themselves, building walls to keep those different from them out. But one day a very special Blue met a very special Yellow, and found that their differences complimented each other. Despite the disapproval of others, the two mixed together their lives, getting married and creating a new color: Green. She has a mix of her parents’ traits, and yet is a color all her own as well. The other colors begin to take notice, and realize that by reaching out, accepting, and loving those different from them, they are creating a stronger and infinitly more interesting world.Wonderful! Creating a simple narrative to examine the causes and effects of prejudice, this story can help children to understand why diversity – not only of color, but also culture, ability, faith, gender, sexuality, etc. – helps communities to thrive and grow. The symbolism of the colors is easy to grasp yet still conveys the dangers of separatism with gravity. The text is lovely, honest yet hopeful; the length is great, and JJ loved identifying the colors and watching their world grow and change. A timeless story with timely applications, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)Be sure to check out The Baby Bookworm for more reviews!
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    People can be quick to judge others and children are no different. It can be especially difficult to be welcoming to someone who is quite different from you. As such I am always looking for books that can help me teach the importance of kindness and being welcoming. This book fits that need perfectly. Not only is it a fun way to introduce children to primary colors and how they mix, but the story also shows the dangers of pride: considering ourselves better than others who are different. The sto People can be quick to judge others and children are no different. It can be especially difficult to be welcoming to someone who is quite different from you. As such I am always looking for books that can help me teach the importance of kindness and being welcoming. This book fits that need perfectly. Not only is it a fun way to introduce children to primary colors and how they mix, but the story also shows the dangers of pride: considering ourselves better than others who are different. The story revolves around the Reds, Blues, and Yellows, who are getting along just fine as the story opens. Things change though when a Red loudly declares (and others agree) that Reds are better than the Blues and Yellows. Naturally, the Blues and Yellows don't take this very well and before long the three groups have separated themselves. Things don't change until a Yellow reaches out to a sad-looking Blue and the two become friends before marrying and having a green child. At first, others are shocked at Blue and Yellow associating with each other, but their fascination with Green slowly leads them to open up to associating with each other again. While real life isn't that simple, the idea of reaching out to others who are different and appreciating each other's strengths instead of rejecting them because they are supposedly inferior, is a powerful idea. I plan to use this book with my kindergartners to teach not only colors but the importance of reaching out to each other.
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  • Craig Wiesner
    January 1, 1970
    As a fan of Kathryn Otoshi's One (a fantastic book about how it just takes one person to stand up against a bully to allow others to join in), I felt a nice familiar warmth at the start of this beautiful and fun picture book about colors. Red is hot. Yellow is bright. Blue is cool..... and all the colors got along until.......... one color declared him/herself to be best. Of course this caused quite a row and eventually all the colors started living separate lives, until..... two colors fell in As a fan of Kathryn Otoshi's One (a fantastic book about how it just takes one person to stand up against a bully to allow others to join in), I felt a nice familiar warmth at the start of this beautiful and fun picture book about colors. Red is hot. Yellow is bright. Blue is cool..... and all the colors got along until.......... one color declared him/herself to be best. Of course this caused quite a row and eventually all the colors started living separate lives, until..... two colors fell in love and mixed. This is a terrific book for talking about diversity, the importance of mixing with others who may not look quite like you, and the beauty that comes from mixing it up. In our somewhat trying times here in the United States, where the reality is that we're becoming a much more diverse nation, while some would like to keep that from happening by sealing our borders, this is a much needed message. Plus it is a really fun book with great quirky illustrations.
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  • Délice
    January 1, 1970
    My kids absolutely love this book. Mixed by @arreechung is a creative story about a place where only three primary colors existed. They coexisted happily until Reds staged a revolt and started pitting each color against the other. They built separate cities for themselves, and bragged about which color was better. Until one day, a blue fell in love with a yellow. Their temperaments balanced each other out perfectly, and they got married and had a baby. And the baby was a whole new color: green! My kids absolutely love this book. Mixed by @arreechung is a creative story about a place where only three primary colors existed. They coexisted happily until Reds staged a revolt and started pitting each color against the other. They built separate cities for themselves, and bragged about which color was better. Until one day, a blue fell in love with a yellow. Their temperaments balanced each other out perfectly, and they got married and had a baby. And the baby was a whole new color: green! This started a revolution and the separation was ended! What a beautiful message in our fractured culture, where segregation is sadly still alive and thriving. I want my white boys to grow up as social justice warriors, using their privilege to fight for those who don't have it. Thanks again for the gift of this book, which is a powerful message of inclusion and acceptance that this work needs so badly right now.
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  • Babies to Bookworms
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a great way to introduce tolerance and acceptance to kids through the use of color theory. At the start of the book, there are only 3 colors: red, yellow, and blue. Each of the colors has it's own unique characteristics, but they all live side by side peacefully. One day, the Reds decide that they are the superior color, and their angry words lead to all the colors being separated. But when a Blue and a Yellow soon find themselves drawn to one another, they will shake up the whole s This book is a great way to introduce tolerance and acceptance to kids through the use of color theory. At the start of the book, there are only 3 colors: red, yellow, and blue. Each of the colors has it's own unique characteristics, but they all live side by side peacefully. One day, the Reds decide that they are the superior color, and their angry words lead to all the colors being separated. But when a Blue and a Yellow soon find themselves drawn to one another, they will shake up the whole system. The text is easy to understand, giving parents and teachers a great starting point for discussing the deeper issues with kids. The illustrations are engaging, with the simple backgrounds done in black and white, giving the individual colors a chance to stand out. This is a great book for starting an important discussion with kids, and for encouraging tolerance and acceptance for those that may be different from us.
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  • Margie
    January 1, 1970
    The first things we see when we step outside each morning are a multitude of elements composing one unique scene next to or layered on another scene. These visuals are full of shifting colors, lights and darks and blends of various hues. If we are able to dim our other senses momentarily we can see harmony in these presentations, regardless of the season or setting. There is unity between the colors as they work together complementing each other. MIXED: A Colorful Story (Henry Holt and Company, The first things we see when we step outside each morning are a multitude of elements composing one unique scene next to or layered on another scene. These visuals are full of shifting colors, lights and darks and blends of various hues. If we are able to dim our other senses momentarily we can see harmony in these presentations, regardless of the season or setting. There is unity between the colors as they work together complementing each other. MIXED: A Colorful Story (Henry Holt and Company, July 3, 2018) written and illustrated by Arree Chung celebrates this cooperation and respect. It's a call for us to step beyond the realm of color and recognize differences, similarities and the beautiful found in each individual.My full recommendation: http://librariansquest.blogspot.com/2...
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  • Stephanie Tournas
    January 1, 1970
    A concept book that is funny, delivers a satisfying message, and has loads of visual appeal. It’s kind of an origin story for non-primary colors! At first, Red, Yellow and Blue live in harmony, but then there is a rift. Luckily, for humanity and art, Blue and Yellow fall in love and have a baby, who is named Green. More colors mix, and more non-primary colors are born, with new names like Jade, Lavender and Amber. It’s such a clever idea to anthropomorphize the colors, and then have a solution f A concept book that is funny, delivers a satisfying message, and has loads of visual appeal. It’s kind of an origin story for non-primary colors! At first, Red, Yellow and Blue live in harmony, but then there is a rift. Luckily, for humanity and art, Blue and Yellow fall in love and have a baby, who is named Green. More colors mix, and more non-primary colors are born, with new names like Jade, Lavender and Amber. It’s such a clever idea to anthropomorphize the colors, and then have a solution for solving the problem of difference. I love the cute gender-indeterminate color characters and the delightful black and white world they live in, which is made so colorful by the mixing of their clans.The only thing I didn't like about it was that the paper chosen for this picture book seems thin, and is transparent enough to show what’s on the reverse.
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  • Alisha
    January 1, 1970
    I dunno you guys. This book didn't really work for me. It's not a great color-concept book because it doesn't spend a lot of time on "yellow and red makes orange" etc and some of the color combos are just wrong like "green plus orange makes...green?" It also didn't really work for me as a diversity story because the story treats the blues, yellows and reds as if they were all treated equally. It'd work a little better if it was like "and then Red decided that it was the very best color and decid I dunno you guys. This book didn't really work for me. It's not a great color-concept book because it doesn't spend a lot of time on "yellow and red makes orange" etc and some of the color combos are just wrong like "green plus orange makes...green?" It also didn't really work for me as a diversity story because the story treats the blues, yellows and reds as if they were all treated equally. It'd work a little better if it was like "and then Red decided that it was the very best color and decided to oppress the other colors. It took blue away from it's homeland and forced it into years of slavery" Or is that too much for a children's picture book? Anyway, in the end it is fine. The illustrations are adorable. For preschool-age children.
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  • Mikey Golczynski
    January 1, 1970
    It may be the greatest book about acceptance in the modern era. Distilled simplicity conveys the message of acceptance/tolerance/love to even the youngest readers. Its vibrant colors are a treat for the eyes. I have read this at 4 different family story times this week. Today, a little boy requested to check it out. Some children's books are so heavy handed with their message, but not Mixed. Arree Chung has a masterpiece on his hands.
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  • Nicola
    January 1, 1970
    Miss 3 didn't like it and found it confusing. I think it was trying to fit too many messages into one book. It would have been better if it had either looked at mixing colours (art palette) or race relations in age directed way.Miss 3 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library, sometimes around particular topics or themes. We try to get different ones out every week or so; it's fun for both of us to have the variety and to look at a mix of new & favourite authors.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Yellows, Blues, and Reds live peacefully in a city, until one day, a Red declares, "Reds are the best!" The whole community is thrust into chaos -- so much so that the three color groups must live apart, forming new towns. One day, Blue and Yellow are seen together with a new color...what will become of the union? Arree Chung shows us a world of colors, teaching us about tolerance, and how "mixing it up" might just be the best thing for everyone.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    How do you first talk about being multiracial with your kids? This is a great start to help any family talk about how wonderful diversity is, and what a challenge it has been for us. Not something I'd pick for storytime, but a needed book for so many of my families! Should be in every preschool in America! Can't wait to share this! Ages 3-6.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Less about color mixing and more about societal acceptance of different people mixing and enjoying the world together. I'm sure it's better than my rating indicates, but I expected something different.
  • Cathy
    January 1, 1970
    Ads for this story of diversity and multiracial identity kept popping up in my newsfeed, and got me excited. Maybe it was overhyped, but I somehow expected more. I liked Spork by Kyo Maclear better.
  • Mary Harmon
    January 1, 1970
    Colors should be separate! Or should they get together and create new, even more beautiful colors? They should stay in their own neighborhoods! Or should they create wonderful neighborhoods together?
  • Katy Wineke
    January 1, 1970
    I’m probably being overly critical, but I don’t like the oversimplification that “mixing” will solve all of our divisions. From an art perspective, I’d rather it was more explicit about how colors mixed and what they create. All that being said, my multiracial children loved it.
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