Based on her own collection of ceramics, Alexandra Mirzac has created a moving and dramatic story that demonstrates the futility of war.
Conflict had long smouldered between the Reds and the Blues, each living as separately as possible with Reds hating Blues and vice versa. DId one colour believe its members superior or just different? Nobody is sure but this hatred had been passed down through many generations.
Then one day the Blues’ jealousy regarding the lush garden of the Reds decided it should become owned by the Blues and a little girl comes up with an idea. Her plan was to paint everyone and everything blue thus making everything theirs.
Come midnight the Blues, armed with brushes and blue paint crept into the realm of the Reds and began working, starting in the garden. What they didn’t know however, was that Red Dahlia was suffering an attack of insomnia and raised the alarm waking the other Reds and war broke out, the Reds fiercely fighting the Blues until everything was broken. Was it just possible that by collaborating, the warring factions could rebuild a world where friendship reigned and colour didn’t matter; it seemed the only sensible way to go for therein was power instead of prejudice.
Quirky, but effective, this fable of fresh starts is one to stimulate discussion.
(Make sure you turn to the dedication page at the back of the book.)