Mixed by Arree Chung


The reds, the yellows, and the blues all think they're the best in this vibrant, thought-provoking picture book with a message of acceptance and unity. In the beginning, there were three colors . . .Reds,Yellows,and Blues.All special in their own ways, all living in harmony--until one day, a Red says "Reds are the best!" and starts a color kerfuffle. When the colors decide to separate, is there anyting that can change their minds?A Yellow, a Blue...

Details Mixed

Release DateJul 3rd, 2018
PublisherHenry Holt & Company
GenreChildrens, Picture Books

Reviews Mixed

  • Rita
    MIXED is a great new concept book that makes learning about colors fun for kids and adults! In the beginning there were three colors: Reds, Yellows, and Blues. Each of them had their own qualities and they lived in perfect harmony. One afternoon Reds decided to declare that they were the best color of all. This didn’t go well with the other colors and after that they decided to live separate lives and moved to different parts of the city. Then ...
  • Lenna
    A young child’s first look at segregation and integration. Good for opening up discussions.
  • Lorie Barber
    Masterfully written and illustrated with powerful metaphors for social justice. Tolerance, kindness, and seeing points of view of others are lessons kids will take to heart and, hopefully, share with others. Or, as my daughter said after reading, “It doesn’t matter what you look like, it’s what’s on the inside.” A definite #classroombookaday.
  • Annese
    This book is so cute, simple, and powerful! Only downside, I wish I wrote it myself.
  • JoEllen
    Mixed is a must-have PB from @arreechung. Powerful message in simple picture book. Life lessons around acceptance, tolerance, respect for others. Masterful use of primary colors to illustrate the beauty of diversity and acceptance for all. Great book for difficult and necessary conversations esp in our scary world. ‪Mixed is a must-have PB from @arreechung. Powerful message in simple picture book. Life lessons around acceptance, tolerance, r...
  • Amanda
    4 1/2 starsNobody is the best, but one day a Red announces that Reds are the best and starts the whole color war. Soon none of the colors are getting along; all of go their separate ways. Until, a small change happens! Sometimes that is all it takes, for one person to make a small step to take a big change. This is a concept book about colors quite unlike any other that I've ever read, or maybe it is a book about something else entirely? You shou...
  • Terri Farris
    Bright Colors to attract the eye. Message presented in a wonderful way
  • Lizzy Lan
    This is the most amazing book!! A must read!!
  • Michele Knott
    A book that can be used with a variety of ages and have different conversations about how we’re all special.
  • Natasha
    Every child, school, and library needs this book on their shelf. ❤❤❤
  • Ms. Rose
    Was reading this at #nerdcampMI and in the middle of reading it a teacher turned around to tell me that the boys in Thailand had all gotten out of the cave; I was reminded that there is potential for good in this world.
  • Alene
    This book reminds me so much of Leo Lionni's classic book from 1959, "Little Blue and Little Yellow."The timeless themes are reinvented using bold and humorous illustrations. A great way for children to learn about colors, while getting an introduction to inclusion and diversity.
  • Brittany Craig
    When a picture book makes you tear up from joy and hope, that's a great book! This can serve as a great teaching tool about discrimination, segregation and the importance of diversity.
  • Maria Marshall
    This book explores tolerance, discrimination, and segregation in a fun, accessible manner that will make an impact on kids and adults alike. The bravery of two dots to defy their community's segregation by color (red, blue, and yellow), results not only in the creation of a new color, but transforms their town into something amazing. The simplicity of the black and white town and the expressive faces and fun headgear of the dots bring these issue...
  • Baby Bookworm
    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily!Hello, friends! Our book today is Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung, a wonderful lesson in the importance of community diversity.At first, there were only three colors: the Reds, the Yellows, and the Blues. The Reds were the loudest and most opinionated, the Yellows the brightest and most cheerful, and the Blues were the coolest by far. At ...
  • Heidi
    People can be quick to judge others and children are no different. It can be especially difficult to be welcoming to someone who is quite different from you. As such I am always looking for books that can help me teach the importance of kindness and being welcoming. This book fits that need perfectly. Not only is it a fun way to introduce children to primary colors and how they mix, but the story also shows the dangers of pride: considering ourse...
  • Craig Wiesner
    As a fan of Kathryn Otoshi's One (a fantastic book about how it just takes one person to stand up against a bully to allow others to join in), I felt a nice familiar warmth at the start of this beautiful and fun picture book about colors. Red is hot. Yellow is bright. Blue is cool..... and all the colors got along until.......... one color declared him/herself to be best. Of course this caused quite a row and eventually all the colors started liv...
  • Délice
    My kids absolutely love this book. Mixed by @arreechung is a creative story about a place where only three primary colors existed. They coexisted happily until Reds staged a revolt and started pitting each color against the other. They built separate cities for themselves, and bragged about which color was better. Until one day, a blue fell in love with a yellow. Their temperaments balanced each other out perfectly, and they got married and had a...
  • Babies to Bookworms
    This book is a great way to introduce tolerance and acceptance to kids through the use of color theory. At the start of the book, there are only 3 colors: red, yellow, and blue. Each of the colors has it's own unique characteristics, but they all live side by side peacefully. One day, the Reds decide that they are the superior color, and their angry words lead to all the colors being separated. But when a Blue and a Yellow soon find themselves dr...
  • Margie
    The first things we see when we step outside each morning are a multitude of elements composing one unique scene next to or layered on another scene. These visuals are full of shifting colors, lights and darks and blends of various hues. If we are able to dim our other senses momentarily we can see harmony in these presentations, regardless of the season or setting. There is unity between the colors as they work together complementing each other....
  • Stephanie Tournas
    A concept book that is funny, delivers a satisfying message, and has loads of visual appeal. It’s kind of an origin story for non-primary colors! At first, Red, Yellow and Blue live in harmony, but then there is a rift. Luckily, for humanity and art, Blue and Yellow fall in love and have a baby, who is named Green. More colors mix, and more non-primary colors are born, with new names like Jade, Lavender and Amber. It’s such a clever idea to a...
  • Alisha
    I dunno you guys. This book didn't really work for me. It's not a great color-concept book because it doesn't spend a lot of time on "yellow and red makes orange" etc and some of the color combos are just wrong like "green plus orange makes...green?" It also didn't really work for me as a diversity story because the story treats the blues, yellows and reds as if they were all treated equally. It'd work a little better if it was like "and then Red...
  • Mikey Golczynski
    It may be the greatest book about acceptance in the modern era. Distilled simplicity conveys the message of acceptance/tolerance/love to even the youngest readers. Its vibrant colors are a treat for the eyes. I have read this at 4 different family story times this week. Today, a little boy requested to check it out. Some children's books are so heavy handed with their message, but not Mixed. Arree Chung has a masterpiece on his hands.
  • Nicola
    Miss 3 didn't like it and found it confusing. I think it was trying to fit too many messages into one book. It would have been better if it had either looked at mixing colours (art palette) or race relations in age directed way.Miss 3 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library, sometimes around particular topics or themes. We try to get different ones out every week or so; it's fun for both of us to have the variety and to l...
  • Jennifer
    Yellows, Blues, and Reds live peacefully in a city, until one day, a Red declares, "Reds are the best!" The whole community is thrust into chaos -- so much so that the three color groups must live apart, forming new towns. One day, Blue and Yellow are seen together with a new color...what will become of the union? Arree Chung shows us a world of colors, teaching us about tolerance, and how "mixing it up" might just be the best thing for everyone.
  • Heather
    How do you first talk about being multiracial with your kids? This is a great start to help any family talk about how wonderful diversity is, and what a challenge it has been for us. Not something I'd pick for storytime, but a needed book for so many of my families! Should be in every preschool in America! Can't wait to share this! Ages 3-6.
  • Becky
    Less about color mixing and more about societal acceptance of different people mixing and enjoying the world together. I'm sure it's better than my rating indicates, but I expected something different.
  • Cathy
    Ads for this story of diversity and multiracial identity kept popping up in my newsfeed, and got me excited. Maybe it was overhyped, but I somehow expected more. I liked Spork by Kyo Maclear better.
  • Mary Harmon
    Colors should be separate! Or should they get together and create new, even more beautiful colors? They should stay in their own neighborhoods! Or should they create wonderful neighborhoods together?
  • Katy Wineke
    I’m probably being overly critical, but I don’t like the oversimplification that “mixing” will solve all of our divisions. From an art perspective, I’d rather it was more explicit about how colors mixed and what they create. All that being said, my multiracial children loved it.