Yellow and Pink by William Steig

Yellow and Pink by William Steig begins as what one might think is light-hearted story about two wooden dolls, but quickly the reader find that this book is much deeper philosophically.  The dolls begin to wonder who made them when one of them suggests the ridiculous possibility that they may have started when a tree branch fell on a sharp rock and split just perfectly to form their legs.  This line of reasoning continues very comically, but the reader is also aware of the implications the story has as to the real origin of our own lives.  Even though the storyline is quite complex, it is told in such a way that younger children can understand the meaning.

Pros: A philosophically complex story with real meaning for everyone.  The story is related in a way that is easy for children to understand.

Cons: I wish at the end they had taken the next step to clearly relate who truly was their maker.

Age Range: 4-10

4 of 5 stars

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