Need Title of a Children's Book

can't for the life of me remember the title of this slim volume with

wonderfully whimsical illustrations . . .

something about a magician who put the color in the world, first he

tries yellow, and everything is yellow, then he tries blue.

Everything turns blue and all the people in the world get 'the blues'.

Then he tries red and everyone gets angry. Finally he figures out

that the world needs all the colors to be perfectly balanced, etc

help anyone?

Request for Question Clarification bypinkfreud-ga

Howdy, TS.

I'm fairly certain that you're remembering "The Great Blueness."

"A wizard color by color retints the black and white world by

inventing a paint that makes everything that shade. Too much of a good

thing it affects mood and creates conflict(red) , sadness (blue) so

on… the 'people' for whom the wizard works in the story demand the

color changes, get their fill, demand yet another color. Rather like

humanity discovering, gorging, purging…at some point an accident

resolves the story and I hope you'll forgive me for this…all color

is spread around and harmony is found in the mix."

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0064433161

"The great blueness and other predicaments by Arnold Lobel.

New York: Harper & Row, 1968.

When a wizard discovered that each color he invented for the colorless

world had a different emotional effect on people, he luckily had an

accident which resulted in red apples, green leaves, and yellow

bananas."

http://www.geocities.com/mystorytime/colors.htm

Is this your book?

Clarification of Question bytimespacette-ga

yes, that's the one!

please post!

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One thought on “Need Title of a Children's Book

  1. I'm always tickled pink to be able to help people identify books!

    Your book is "The Great Blueness and Other Predicaments," by Arnold Lobel.

    "A wizard color by color retints the black and white world by

    inventing a paint that makes everything that shade. Too much of a good

    thing it affects mood and creates conflict(red) , sadness (blue) so

    on… the 'people' for whom the wizard works in the story demand the

    color changes, get their fill, demand yet another color. Rather like

    humanity discovering, gorging, purging…at some point an accident

    resolves the story and I hope you'll forgive me for this…all color

    is spread around and harmony is found in the mix."

    Amazon: The Great Blueness

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0064433161

    "The great blueness and other predicaments by Arnold Lobel.

    New York: Harper & Row, 1968.

    When a wizard discovered that each color he invented for the colorless

    world had a different emotional effect on people, he luckily had an

    accident which resulted in red apples, green leaves, and yellow

    bananas."

    Colors Storytime

    http://www.geocities.com/mystorytime/colors.htm

    If you're looking for a used copy, this may help:

    AddAll Rare, Used and Out of Print Book Search

    http://used.addall.com/SuperRare/RefineRare.fcgi?id=060724104724782229

    My Google search strategy:

    Google Web Search: wizard "the great blueness"

    ://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=wizard+%22the+great+blueness%22

    Best,

    Pink

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