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Erik the Red Sees Green: A Story About Color Blindness
Contributor(s): Anderson, Julie, Lopez, David (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0807521418     ISBN-13: 9780807521410
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: September 2013
Annotation: Exuberant redhead Erik always tries his best, but he just can’t understand why he’s missing homework questions at school and messing up at soccer practice. Then one day in art class everyone notices that Erik’s painted a picture of himself with green hair! It turns out he’s not just creative, he’s color blind, too. Color blindness, also known as Color Vision Deficiency (CVD), affects a significant percentage of the population. The tendency to color-code learning materials in classrooms can make it especially hard for kids with CVD. But once Erik is diagnosed, he and his parents, teachers, coach, and classmates figure out solutions that work with his unique way of seeing, and soon he’s back on track.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Color blindness; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Health & Daily Living | Diseases
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2013005187
Lexile Measure: 660
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 8.25" W x 0.50" (0.75 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 164182
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q61352
Reading Level: 2.8   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Julie Anderson was raised in Illinois and Wisconsin. She has a BA in writing from Johns Hopkins University and now lives in Santa Monica, California, with her family. This is her first book. David Lopez lives in Paris, France, and studied animation and illustration at Emile Cohl Art School in Lyon. He has since worked as an animator, background supervisor, and storyboarder for many cartoons.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall)
Erik discovers he's color blind after messing up at soccer (can't tell the practice bibs apart) and in the classroom (can't read the yellow chalk on the green board). Lots of interesting info on color-blindness is conveyed through the amiable story, and the illustrations do a good job of showing us how Erik sees the world. An appended note provides more facts about the disorder.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 October)

Gr 2–4—Anderson frames information within a story about a boy who plays soccer but passes the ball to the opposing team and also makes inexplicable mistakes in school. A trip to the doctor confirms that Erik is color blind. The author does an excellent job of answering the typical question, "What color do you see?" She provides ways that teachers and other adults can help children with color-vision deficiency. For example, when math problems in a textbook are printed in red ink, a black-and-white copy of the page can be a simple solution. Average-quality cartoonlike illustrations aid with the explanation of the condition. Back matter consists of two pages of answers to additional, yet common, questions. This picture book can fill a gap in most collections.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA

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