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
Request for Question Clarification bypinkfreud-ga
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."
"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
Is this your book?
Clarification of Question bytimespacette-ga
yes, that's the one!
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