In the beginning the three colors Reds, Yellows and Blues lived in Harmony. That is, until one day a Red says, “Reds are better!” Of course, Blues and Yellows will not stand for that and the three colors each make their own section of the city. That is until the day that two of the colors find themselves feeling good when they are with the other one. Of course, many did not like the colors mixing, but soon Yellow and Blue make a new color and the other Colors realize, hey maybe we can make other colors, too!
Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung is a subtle way of dealing with prejudice and segregation. Or at least to the child reader. The adults will pick up on this quickly. I do like that there are no genders. When Yellow and Blue get married it could very easily be same-gender or opposite. The fact that they make Green does not change this. Granted that would lend itself to a more traditional opposite-gender pairing, but how do we know how colors mate? And who knows, maybe one day Blue and Red will adopt an Orange….
The point being we are all colors. So what if you are a mix of Blue and Yellow or Yellow and Red or Red and Blue? Or even Green and Orange? We are all similar and we all have differences.
Of course, the colors are amazing. I do enjoy the lack of where color is as much as where the color is. Both are very meaningful and help tell the story.
On a simpler level you can also talk about primary colors and how Mixed Colors happen. The book lends itself to growing with your child.