The Many Colors of Friendship


Children - Grade K-3rd
40 Pages
Reviewed on 05/25/2011
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Author Biography

Rita Kaye Vetsch resides in Central, Minnesota with her loving husband, Dan, and her wonderful daughter, Katherine, who was the inspiration for The Many Colors of Friendship. Rita is a strong advocate for animals against cruelty and abuse and owns three of the most lovable and curious pets herself. Kasper, Koko Bean and Hairyette round off her family nicely and have personalities that keep Rita entertained day and night. She also has a passion for photography and enjoys taking photos of her family and pets in her spare time. She also loves writing, drawing, reading, and spending time in the Minnesota outdoors. Writing the book was extra special to Rita because her daughter, Katherine also helped with her thoughts and advice on the storyline and illustrations. Her husband, Dan, also helped to illustrate the book. It was truly a family adventure and a dream come true.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

The Many Colors of Friendship by Rita Kaye Vetsch is a delightful book. It tells the story of Katherine, a first grade student. There was a new student in her class whose name was Luis. She wanted to talk to him; but she didn't know how to talk to someone so different, so she ignored him. That night Katherine had a vivid dream. She was in a bright colored jungle. A snake called Sanjay pulled her out of quicksand with his tail. Sanjay didn't look like any other snake Katherine had ever seen. He was brightly colored and friendly. Along her journey she met other creatures, all brightly colored and very different from any she'd ever seen before. The panda, toucan, and sloth taught Katherine a lesson: We should never be afraid of someone just because they look different. People come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. The next day Katherine and Luis became friends.

We live in a diverse society. Too often we are afraid of what we do not understand. We are afraid of different. The Many Colors of Friendship will be an excellent tool for opening the dialogue between parents and children.

The story is written in simple terms making it easy for children to understand. The illustrations bring the text to life; they are brightly colored and eye-catching. I love this book and the message it proclaims. This book will make an excellent book for children in Kindergarten through third grade. I can hardly wait to share this book with my grandson.