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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
When Violet Was Blue is a children's concept book written and illustrated by Deb Troehler. It's raining out, and a big cloud has covered the sun. Little Violet is not at all happy. Without the sun's light, her lovely violet color is now blue. She asks her friend Indigo Pete to hold her up so she can push away the cloud, but it's too high up for the two of them. They ask the other colors to help out and form a tall chain, one on top of the other, but it's too hard to hold steady, and the colors all tumble onto the ground. Cloud feels badly when he sees them fall and tells them to stand in line and then bend to form a rainbow. Now, when the sun shines through the raindrops, there's a lovely rainbow with each color shining bright and true.
Deb Troehler's children's book, When Violet Was Blue, will have children and adults alike smiling as they read of Violet and her friends' efforts to reach Cloud and scatter him. Troehler also illustrated this book and her illustrations, especially her grumpy Cloud, are just marvelous. Parents will appreciate the simple and beautiful way Troehler explains how rainbows are made and how working together can help get lots of seemingly impossible things accomplished. They'll also love the science facts, projects, and math games that are included in the back of the book. When Violet Was Blue is fun, enlightening, and educational, and best of all, it does make one smile while reading it.