This book is built around the premise that sometimes when we want to define something that is abstract, we can’t always find just one definition that gives us a true understanding. Instead, sometimes it’s an experience or the journey to understand the abstract that gives us a better idea of what it is. The concept of the book is a great way to help children (and let’s be honest many young adults) understand the complexities of abstract concepts.
The child in this book is wanting to know the color of the wind. He travels around asking different people and objects what color is the wind. Of course, there’s a different answer from each person he asks. This frustrates him until an adult explains to him that the wind can be all these colors; that the sum of all these colors IS the color of the wind.
Children tend to see the world as very binary. I think this book is a good challenge for a child’s way of thinking in that it gets to see that many things in life are complicated and have many nuances. Sometimes the sum of its parts is what defines something.
I also think this is a great book for adolescents and adults in that it reminds them/us that even when we think we’ve figured out a concept like love and acceptance, there may be more to learn and maybe what we understand now isn’t the “true” understanding.
Along with the great message, there’s beautiful artwork that is fun to appreciate while you’re reading the book.