The Red Fence is a Seusseque look at the consequences of conformity.
The town of Vanderloo is boring. Everyone dresses the same, thinks the same, play the same games, and behaves properly. That is until the Bean Family arrives in town. They play their own music, keep their hours, and prefer that their fence be red instead of the ubiquitous white everyone else shares. What follows is a mostly humorous attempt on the part of the townspeople to change things back to the way they were. Until, of course, they become convinced one by one that change is good.
While I do feel that the premise that white is bad; color is good at the base of this story is merely perpetuating issues in another wrong direction, I do love how the color of the fences can’t be repainted because they represent the mindset of the families that own them, they are truly a representation of the individual. The last page of the story invites the reader to visit this place where acceptance is now the norm, but the first lesson learned in this book is, I think, far more profound and that is to stand up to peer pressure and make your own choices, much like Ellie Mae who had always just followed along, she has come to realize that she has her own opinion and acts on it.
Artistically, the book is gorgeous, with its bright colorful illustrations of leaning buildings, crazy plants, and ironically vibrant characters. The author worked hard to make the tricky prose rhyme and while it doesn’t always flow smoothly when read out loud, it does offer some great words to stretch young reader’s vocabularies. There is a lot of story and sub text in the 38 pages of this book, but readers of all levels will enjoy it
This is a book that is sure to spark conversation in many ways and fits well in any classroom or homeschool library. I would suggest it for ages 3-9
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Book Title: THE RED FENCE by Ed Damiano
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: July, 2021
Content Rating: G for everyone.
In the uniform town of Vanderloo,
Everyone, everywhere has the same view.
What happens when Astred, tiny Todd, and Ned
Decide to paint their white fence red?
Children’s author and Mom’s Choice Award winner Ed Damiano delivers a poignant message about community and creativity in The Red Fence.
Meet the Author:
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Damiano has a passion for creativity, and his stories always contain a positive message. He also wrote The Christmas Blanket, which earned him a Mom’s Choice Award. In The Christmas Blanket, his character EJ realizes the true meaning of Christmas, which is not about getting presents, but about giving back to others.
connect with the author: goodreads
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