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Actress, producer, and parent Kristen Bell (The Good Place, Veronica Mars, Frozen) and creative director and parent Benjamin Hart have a new challenge for you and your kids: become a purple person by embracing what makes YOU special while finding common ground with those around you.
What is a purple person? Great question. I mean, really great! Because purple people always ask really great questions. They bring their family, friends, and communities together, and they speak up for what’s right. They are kind and hardworking, and they love to laugh (especially at Grandpa’s funny noises)! A purple person is an everyday superhero! How do you become one? That’s the fun part! Penny Purple will lead you through the steps. Get ready to be silly, exercise your curiosity, use your voice, and be inspired.
Looking to reach beyond the political divide of red and blue, Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart have created a hilarious and joyous read-aloud that offers a wonderful message about embracing the things that bring us together as humans. This book will inspire a whole generation to paint the world purple!
"Purple is a magic color made when red and blue work together," writes actor Bell and creative director Hart. Though those too young to know what the hues stand for on the U.S. political map may be a little puzzled by this asserted binary, the authors forge ahead with their kid narrator Penny, an expert and guide to living the purple life. She offers pointers that include being open and curious about the world ("My dad says PURPLE people ask great questions"), making time to laugh ("at donkey dances and hairy elephant knees"), and getting involved ("PURPLE work is the kind of work that's done together to change something that needs changing"). Vignette cartoons by Wiseman (My Brother the Duck) portray Penny's interactions with good-natured grown-ups (she and Grandma giggle over a booger joke) and eager school friends (who use their voices to agitate for more playgrounds); the straightforward images are cheery and bright, with few details or asides that invite lingering. Though the political message may fly under the radar, this book serves as a pep talk for contentious times by caring adults who want a nicer world and that is no small thing. Ages 3 7.