Title: When Violet Was Blue | Author & Illustrator: Deb Troehler | Publication Date: April 24, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 38 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 6
Little Violet has a problem. She knows that she needs the help of others, but simply cannot figure out how her friends can help her solve this problem. With assistance from an unlikely source, Violet and her rainbow friends find a way to brighten the day for everyone. Told in rhyme, When Violet Was Blue is a bouncy tale that children from 3 to 6-years-old will ask to hear over and over again.
I right away started thinking about the Science teachers in my life that would love this book because it teaches about wavelengths, refraction and ROYGBIV. Violet and her six other colorful friends join together to help move the cloud that is blocking the sunshine. The seven colors stack up to form a large wobbly tower that toppled over. Cloud felt bad for blocking the sunshine, and made things right by helping the colors form a beautiful rainbow. At the end of the story, the author includes some facts about how rainbows form.
Deb Troehler has worn many hats over the years—teacher, fabric artist, author, illustrator, gardener, mother, and grandmother. Although each hat is unique, they are all stitched with a common thread—Deb’s connections to her loved ones and the world around her.
Mrs. Troehler was a special education teacher for 15 years. After leaving the classroom due to a recurrence of cancer, her family moved to West Michigan to spend time with her husband’s family. To help make ends meet, Deb wrote instructional material and stories for several trade magazines such as Doll Crafter, Doll Reader, and Soft Dolls and Animals. Eventually, the magic of West Michigan motivated Deb to put pen to paper and record the stories inspired by her treks up and down the shores of Lake Michigan. When Violet Was Blue is Deb’s third book for children.