Red and Green and Blue and White by Wind, Lee
Lee Wind

Red and Green and Blue and White -- Lee Wind

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Inspired by a true story, this is a tale of a community that banded together to spread light.

It's a holiday season that both Isaac, whose family is Jewish, and Teresa, whose family is Christian, have looked forward to for months! They've been counting the days, playing in the snow, making cookies, drawing (Teresa) and writing poems (Isaac). They enjoy all the things they share, as well as the things that make them different.

But when Isaac's window is smashed in the middle of the night, it seems like maybe not everyone appreciates difference.


★ Wind's lightly fictionalized version of the 1993 incident wherein a community stood up to bigotry . . . is conveyed with lyrical simplicity. The visual treatment here is particularly striking--Caldecott Medalist Zelinsky's vibrant digital art has bold, rough-hewn textures of scratch block, and dramatic compositions . . . .[A] moving historical tale that encourages taking a stand. --Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ Zelinsky has covered every page with bright colors, with optional text that dances through the pictures and occasional vignettes that add detail and movement to the story. This is a strong addition to holiday stories, one that can be reread and rediscovered many times and whose theme of community support and friendship is appropriate year-round. --School Library Connection, starred review

[A] quiet, uplifting tale. . . . Readers will feel heartened at children's power to influence others to stand up for justice and defeat vile prejudice. . . . The true meaning of the holiday season shines here. --Kirkus Reviews

Author: Lee Wind
Publisher: Levine Querido
Published: 10/19/2021
Pages: 32
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.77lbs
Size: 10.20h x 8.61w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9781646140879
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 09/01/2021
Foreword 08/26/2021
Publishers Weekly 09/13/2021
Booklist 09/15/2021 pg. 57
Horn Book Magazine 11/01/2021 pg. 89
School Library Journal 11/01/2021 pg. 52
Shelf Awareness 11/26/2021

About the Author
Lee Wind, M.Ed. is the author of the MG nonfiction No Way, They Were Gay?: Hidden Lives and Secret Loves and the YA novel Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill. Lee works for IBPA and SCBWI, and lives in Los Angeles with his husband and their teenage daughter, where he writes stories to empower kids and teens to change the world. Visit him online at

Paul O. Zelinsky has become recognized as one of the most inventive artists in the field of children's literature. Among his many honors are the 1998 Caldecott Medal for Rapunzel, as well as Caldecott Honors for three other books: Hansel and Gretel (1985), Rumpelstiltskin (1987), and Swamp Angel (1995). In 2018, Paul was given the Carle Honor Award for Illustration. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn, New York. They have two grown daughters.