‘The Orange Book’ – Tuesday’s Look at THIS Book!

*Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room.

The Book: The Orange Book by Richard McGuire (1992, Children’s Universe)

Time to Read: short and sweet

Summary: from the inside cover…”Where do fourteen oranges go fresh from their tree? Follow each, as they make their way in the world. One is off to art school, another to seek fame and fortune on television, another to explore the halls of vaudeville, another…”

Our View: Written and designed by Richard McGuire, this book about a group of traveling oranges was among the earliest to find its way into our book room so that means we’ve been reading it for nearly twenty years together. It never gets old and the illustrations alone will have you searching for more of this talented author ‘s works. The choice of color (orange!) is especially fascinating as you’ll notice in one of our favorite illustrations below. The text for this particular page reads, “One was sent to a sick friend.”


‘A Color of His Own’ – Tuesday’s Look at this Book

* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page.


Today’s great book: A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni (1975, RandomHouse)

The Author’s Book Website:  http://www.randomhousekids.com/brand/leo-lionni/

Time to Read: short and sweet; bedtime or anytime

Summary:  from the author’s website…”Elephants are gray. Pigs are pink. Only the chameleon has no color of his own. He is purple like the heather, yellow like a lemon, even black and orange striped like a tiger! Then one day a chameleon has an idea to remain one color forever by staying on the greenest leaf he can find. But in the autumn, the leaf changes from green to yellow to red . . . and so does the chameleon. When another chameleon suggests they travel together, he learns that companionship is more important than having a color of his own. No matter where he goes with his new friend, they will always be alike.”

Best Quote:  “And so they remained side by side.”

Our View:  Any book by Leo Lionni is worth its weight in gold.  This particular work is among our favorites in its simplicity and colorful illustrations, as well as its profound statement of the joy that can be found in finding even one friend in this big old world.  The author’s website is a wonderful treat that your young children will really enjoy, as well.  We love this book!

Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe – Grocery Store Fun – created by the kids to accompany this particular book.