Story by Lee Wind
pictures by
Paul O. Zelinsky

Red and Green and Blue and White, jacket

“A powerful and inspiring example of community, friendship, respect, and love.”
—School Library Journal (starred review)

“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)

Captures the celebratory joys of the season.”
—The Horn Book (starred review)

“As much a how-to as a holiday tale, Wind and Zelinsky's offering gives young readers an inspirational, empathy-building story about honoring your identity and standing up against hate.”
—Shelf Awareness (starred review)

“The true meaning of the holiday season shines here.” —Kirkus Reviews

It is holiday season, and when evening falls, all of the windows in Isaac's neighborhood glow red and green with Christmas lights. All the windows, that is, except his, where the family's Chanukah menorah shines blue and white. Isaac writes poems about beautiful colors.

Then, in the middle of the night, someone throws a rock through his window, and Isaac and his family worry about what to do.

Across the street, Isaac's best friend Teresa thinks of a way to express her support: she draws a picture of a menorah and displays it in her family's big picture window. Friends and classmates do the same, and the idea grows and spreads. Before long, thousands of windows across the city are displaying menorahs in their windows.

This story of community, resourcefulness, and the beauty of lights, was inspired by real events. You can read about them in author Lee Wind's online note HERE.


First book pic

Isaac wrote poems .... and Teresa made art

Isaac's window glowed blue and white;
Teresa's glowed red and green.

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