The Last Crayon
Little Steps, 2022
24pp., pbk., RRP $A16.95
When the squirrels find a box of crayons, each takes one and knows exactly what they are going to draw based on its colour. Except for grey squirrel who gets the grey crayon. If yellow is for the sunrise, blue is the sky and green is the grass, what is grey for?
This is another story evolving from The Book Hungry Bears television show in which the main characters share picture books, hungry to learn all they can from those they settle down to share together. With so much screen-based interaction for our littlies, taking the time to share a story and discuss it with them is critical if they are to learn about the constancy of print and the potential that the stories offer, and particularly that they can return to them time and time again and even build their own stories. What else could they draw with the red crayon? What might happen if the squirrels mixed the colours together? Can they use pictures from magazines to make a collage of purple things? Is one colour more common than the others? What might the world look like if it was monochromatic? And so on…