The Pink Crayon

A Children’s Picture Book about Sharing, Empathy and Wit

Children - Picture Book
30 Pages
Reviewed on 12/14/2023
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Author Biography

Radhika Nair is a self-published author with a unique knack for storytelling embedded with valuable nuggets of knowledge while captivating kids' attention. She leverages her unique talent and skill to weave meaningful lessons into every story, while adding a dash of drama and suspense to keep things exciting and captivating.

Her stories do more than just entertain – they encourage kids to think outside the box and embrace creativity. Radhika believes in teaching empathy and resilience through everyday choices like sharing,collaborating, and exploring new ideas. When she's not busy writing, you'll find her and her daughter getting artsy or the whole family taking long hikes to unwind.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sarah Westmoreland for Readers' Favorite

The Pink Crayon by Radhika Nair is a cute story that teaches kids a much deeper lesson: the beauty of sharing what they have with others. The story follows Mimi, a little girl who loves coloring almost as much as she loves her pink crayon. When some curious pigeons come to play, Mimi doesn’t hesitate to share her crayons with them, except for the pink one, of course! But when the pink crayon is the only crayon left, and one more pigeon would like to play, what will Mimi do?

Sharing is hard. Sharing is even harder when it comes to our very favorite things. Radhika Nair uses the medium of storytelling to discuss a valuable skill with her young audience in a way that a child can easily understand. At the same time, the lesson isn’t shoved into the child’s face in a preachy way. It simply models the behavior through Mimi’s actions and leaves the young reader to determine how Mimi’s actions affected those around her. This method allows for a more natural development of positive behaviors in children, similar to how they learn other behaviors by mimicking the people in their lives. The illustrations are beautifully done! Noor Alshalabi is a talented artist who brought The Pink Crayon to life. The vibrant colors and detailed backgrounds work perfectly with the book’s text to capture the attention of young readers and keep them engaged. I look forward to seeing more work by both the author and the illustrator in the future.

Carmen Tenorio

The Pink Crayon, written by Radhika Nair and illustrated by Noor Alshalabi, concerns a little girl named Mimi who goes to her backyard one fine sunny day to color a nice picture of a house by the river and a view of the mountains with her crayons. Suddenly, groups of pigeons started perching by her side and showing a keen interest in her crayons, especially when she finished coloring a portion of her picture. Mimi gradually offered all her crayons to the birds. One by one, the pigeons picked up her crayons and flew away with them until the crayons were all gone. Then a lone pigeon returned for Mimi's last remaining pink crayon. Will she be able to give up her favorite color to satisfy her feathered friend?

Mimi is a good role model for kids by showing patience and kindness. She has the generosity to give up most of her crayons because she treats the pigeons as her friends. Being able to tolerate something without getting angry or impatient and having a good attitude is a positive trait that everyone should learn. Radhika Nair writes in simple language and uses number words to encourage learning about counting. She also uses descriptive and sound-driven words to identify colors and actions, which makes the book educational and fun. Noor Alshalabi's bright, colorful, and delightful images are joyful and optimistic. These complement the text well and keep the young reader engaged. Fun activity pages are found at the end of the story, including the picture that Mimi was coloring, which young readers can color by themselves. The Pink Crayon by Radhika Nair is a picture book that children can learn a lot from. Teachers, parents, and caregivers can use it as recommended material for read-along or read-aloud story sessions, especially for beginning or emergent readers.

Jennie More

The Pink Crayon by Radhika Nair is a children's storybook about a young girl, Mimi, who loves to color with crayons. Deciding to color in a drawing in her backyard with crayons, she meets a few pigeons who love color as much as she does. She gladly offers each pigeon a crayon in different colors until she only has the pink one left, which Mimi is reluctant to give away until she finds a solution that makes the pigeons and her happy. This beautifully illustrated story is about the beauty we can create through sharing because that's what happens when Mimi shares with the pigeons; instead of only one beautiful picture, there are two, hers and the one created in the nest by the pigeons with the crayons. This sweet story teaches children a pivotal message about generosity, kindness, and humility.

The Pink Crayon by Radhika Nair is a lighthearted, educational, and feel-good story that teaches children a positive message. The storyline is straightforward, short, and sweet. It gets the message across without explaining it explicitly, allowing children to think for themselves, which is vital in children's books. I enjoyed how Nair incorporated the different colors in the story, helping children learn to identify various colors while learning a valuable life lesson. Ultimately, children get to see the two works of art created through practicing kindness and generosity towards others. The story is easily understandable and well-written for children, and the illustrations are bright and colorful, sure to draw and keep children's attention.