Vanishing Colors

Title

Vanishing Colors

Illustrator

Akin Duzakin

Publisher

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Publication Year

2019

ISBN

9780802855183

Pages

40 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

As a young girl and her mother take shelter for the night in their war-torn city, the whole world appears muted and dark. When the girl wakes in the middle of the night to find a bird watching her, she knows it’s the one from her mother’s stories, who flies down from the mountains to protect people from harm. She tells the bird what her what her life used to be like, before the war and destruction—she describes her favorite dress, the open market stalls, her dad playing music on the roof. As she continues to remember, colors slowly seep back into her life, and with them comes the courage to hope for a new beginning.

Grade Level

K-3

Lexile Measure

520L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Homelessness; displaced; refugees; refugee child; refugee mother

Main Character

female child

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother

Keywords

gray; ashen; bird; protection; red dress; destruction; memories; lilacs; hope; rainbow

Diversity Impact

indirect

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