Title: The Red Fence | Author: Ed Damiano | Illustrator: Jen Polk | Genre: Picture Book | Publisher: Mascot | Publication Date: July 2021
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.
My Thoughts: In a town where being the same is the name of the game, a new family challenges the norm by daring to bring some color to their yard. While others start to question the value of sticking to the norm, the newcomers stick to their resolve and show kindness to their neighbors in the midst of rising tensions. Can the citizens of Vanderloo learn to accept differences?
In a rhyming, Suess-esque style, Ed Damiano cleverly weaves together messages of acceptance and community within a lyrical, entertaining story. The colorful cast of characters and fantastical city set the stage for this creative story that touches upon many modern day issues. With fun wordplay and consistent rhyme, The Red Fence is a joy to read aloud and the vibrant illustrations include loads of interesting details to keep little readers engaged.
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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