Violet and Blue. Be the color you want to be
Original title: Viola e il blu. La libertà di essere i colori che vuoi
A welcome reminder to girls that nothing stands in their way no matter what other people say or think.
A STORY FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS THAT AFTER ONLY FOUR DAYS OF SALES WENT STRAIGHT INTO THE TOP FIVE ITALIAN BESTSELLER LIST
This is the story of Violet, a little girl who plays football, shoots around on a push scooter and likes wearing Blue and Purple – she writes the names of the colors in capital letters, because they’re exactly like people : each person is unique. But not everyone agrees with her, especially the adults.A lot of them think there are ‘boy things’ and ‘girl things’ but Violet has never really understood this. So one day she decides to ask her father, who is a painter and knows all about colors. It’s May, a Friday afternoon, the sky is an intense blue, dotted with white clouds and her father is in the garden tending to the gentians. Gentians have a female name in Italian and yet they’re blue flowers. Fortunately nobody has anything to object when it’s a matter of flowers. Not like people, thinks Violet. A flower is fine for everyone just the way it is…
In this story, inspired by his conversations with his daughters, Matteo Bussola explores gender stereotypes through the eyes of Violet – a child who is already quite clear about who she is and what she wants to become. This is a story for everyone, which celebrates the strength of diversity and the importance of growing up amidst the wonder of all the various different shades of being life has to offer. A story dedicated to all those who want to paint their lives in the colors they choose.
“Daddy, I don’t understand this thing about places for boys and places for girls,» says Violet.«Why do we have to have one place? Isn’t it nicer if everyone can go where they want?»«But you can go wherever you want, Violet.You just have to remember that sometimes someone will think they have the right to tell you that you’re on the wrong track.Or that that you don’t have the right to be there.But you must never let them do that.”
- English sample available