If crayons came to life, what would they do? What would be on their minds? What would they talk about? All the Different Colors by Jean Ruth and Merripen Press imagines that scenario. It focuses on the color Gray. Every other color in the crayon box has been used except for Gray. This makes him feel quite left out and invisible until one day when he finally gets picked and used for a very special purpose.
The story opens up as the crayons wake up early in the morning. They are all inside a crayon box eagerly waiting for their boy to come and use them. I love how the author gives crayons faces and personalities of animals that represent them. Gray is a timid mouse, Green is a crocodile, Blue is a bluebird, Yellow is a duck, Red is a ladybug, Pink is a flower, and Orange is a Tiger. The colors talk about the things they have made with the boy. Green is the one that has been used most and sure enough, when the boy comes, he chooses green first and begins to create a drawing of a Stegosaurus enjoying a sunny day. One by one the colors get taken out of the box and used until only Gray and Red are left inside. Gray was sure he would remain inside the box again, but to his delight and surprise, Gray gets picked and all the colors cheer for him.
My little artists enjoyed reading and playing this app. The illustrations are whimsical and every page has a lot of interactivity. Almost every object on the page has an associated action or animation. My kids found all the interactivity exciting, and for the most part I thought it was good too. The only thing that bothered me was that some of the interactive actions included revealing the next sentence or paragraph of the story, which means that if you miss clicking on that object before going to the next page, you would be skipping over part of the story. I think it would better if interactive actions are only used as a supplement to the story and not a direct part of it. This way, children who simply want to read the story will not miss out on anything.
The app uses a typewriter font which is an unusual choice for children’s books. I’m still not sure how I feel about it. While I found it nostalgic, it simply did not catch my children’s attention. The navigation is simple, just swipe left to go forward or right to go back. Or, you can use the forward and back buttons on the menu. The menu can be accessed any time by clicking on the small rectangular icon on the top middle of the page. The menu also allows gives you the option to jump to any page in the story as well as to toggle the music and sound in the settings page.
Overall, I liked the app. The story itself is charming. I love how the colors encourage Gray, and I love how Gray discovers he has a very special purpose. The best part, however, was seeing my little artists smile and laugh through the app and then eagerly grab paper and crayons to make their own whimsical illustrations.
FREE coloring pages: http://all-different-colors.com/pdf/Coloring_Pages.pdf
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This review was originally published by TheiMums.com on December 31, 2015. The iMums – Amanda, Alison, Mary and Grace – are four mothers from different parts of the world dedicated to educating parents about the best digital stories, educational apps, fun games and technology products available for their children. Founded in August 2011, the four iMums have 11 kids among them ranging in age from 1 to 17 and bring a global perspective to their app reviews.
The original iMum Amanda being from Australia, Alison is in America, Grace is from Singapore and Mary is from the UK but is currently living in America. Guest author Fides and her husband have been married for 16 years. They homeschool their 4 children: two amazing sons and two beautiful daughters. Author Fides and her husband have been married for 16 years. They homeschool their 4 children: two amazing sons and two beautiful daughters. Fides likes to walk and jog outdoors everyday and has as very difficult time resisting a slice of paradise cake.
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6 - 10 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 6 +
A short picture book about crayons that come to life.