Yellow is my favourite colour.
Of all the colours that I see,
Yellow is the one for me.
But what is your favourite colour?
When I tell people that my book is called Yellow is my Favourite Colour, a goodly percentage of them reply ‘And is it?’ For the record, yes it is. Yellow is Judy Horacek’s favourite colour. So of course I wanted yellow to have a starring role, but I also wanted the book to celebrate all the other colours as well. Like These are my Feet and These are my Hands, this book started life as a little rhyme that popped into my head ‘Yellow is my favourite colour, I like red too and also blue’. It goes through all the colours of the rainbow, with the unscientific addition of pink – because how could you have a colour book aimed at small children and not include pink?
One thing I really like about Yellow is my Favourite Colour is that the colours included have a context – the green is trees and vegetation, the blue is the sea, red is roses. I’ve seen so many colour books that just have a mass of unrelated coloured objects with a somewhat random scale – a page of red things: ladybirds the size of fire trucks, next to a tiny letterbox, and so on.
I really love the little birds in the first half of the book too – a duck on a yellow page, a seagull on the blue page, a tiny red bird standing on the roses.
I don’t know if this book will create a world of yellow loving children who will grow into yellow loving adults. I took care to ask the question ‘What’s your favourite colour?’ so that everyone felt free to follow their hearts and chose any colour as their favourite. (Even though yellow is obviously the best).
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