Kelly's mom doesn't understand about red. Red mittens make better snow-balls, red boots take bigger steps, and juice tastes better in a red cup. No doubt about it, Red is Best. This plucky tale of one toddler's stubborn color preference, has marched its way into the hearts of readers around the world.
In Red Is Best, Kathy Stinson takes a simple idea - the clash between the imaginative world of the toddler and the commonsensical world of parents - and develops it with humour and feeling. The enduring popularity of this understated picture book (first published in 1982) is no doubt due to its avoidance of the saccharine language and contrived story lines of so many picture books for this age group. But it also lies in Stinson's understanding of the toddler mind and in illustrator Robin Baird Lewis's lighthearted depiction of the feisty Kelly. The conclusion to Red Is Best distils toddler logic perfectly. "I like red," Kelly says, "because red is best." (Ages 2 to 4)
"Stinson’s storyline is as relevant today as it was 25 years ago. The illustrations will appeal to today’s highly visual children. This reissue will be thoroughly enjoyed by the pre-school and early years readers just as the original was. Recommended for purchase by school and public libraries and as an addition to a child’s personal library." Resource Links, October 2006