Bali and Blu

Friends of a Different Color

Children - Animals
24 Pages
Reviewed on 01/27/2015
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Author Biography

Author/Illustrator/Artist - Andrew Fairchild was born in the small town of Lumberton, Mississippi and later moved to Houston, Texas where is now resides. He started writing poetry at the young age of fifteen and it is his love for poetry that he started writing children's books. Although, "Bali and Blu: Friends of a Different Color" is his first published work, he has written many magical children's stories to which he hopes to share with people both young and old everywhere.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite

Bali and Blu: Friends of a Different Color is written and illustrated by Andrew Fairchild. Bali is a little elephant who has an unusual best friend. Not another elephant, but a tiny grasshopper. Bali thinks he needs to change for it to be acceptable for him to have a friend who is so different to an elephant. He tries various ways to change, including painting himself another colour, or making himself look like the grasshopper by having wings. However hard he tries, he realises it won’t make any difference. But the real difference is only in size. That doesn’t stop the two creatures still being friends.

The author and illustrator, Andrew Fairchild, has done a lovely job with this children’s picture book. The illustrations are beautiful and colourful, and the characters are lovable and endearing. There is another side to this story, though. It’s not only about thinking you need to change to please others; it’s also about not being afraid to be different. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what size, shape, or colour you are. Friendships are about character and personality, and if your friend is different from you that doesn’t mean you have to change. You are friends because of who you are. This simple story of an elephant and a grasshopper and their special friendship really deals with issues that adults will identify with, such as racism and prejudice. It is an ideal book for a parent to read to a child and to explain the true meaning of the story.

Annette Martinez

This book was very intriguing for my 1st grade daughter. She understood from the words and illustrations that people are all different and she felt a sigh of relief knowing that it's ok to be different without having to be like someone else. Great read for even an adult.