A box of crayons

Just A Box Of CrayonsThis has been around the block a few times but remains a wonderfully simple way to introduce children to feelings of prejudice.  

While walking in a toy store
The day before today,
I over heard a Crayon Box
With many things to say.

“I don’t like red!” said Yellow.
And Green said, “Nor do I!”
And no one here likes Orange,
But no one knows quite why.

“We are a box of crayons
that really doesn’t get along,”
Said Blue to all the others.
“Something here is wrong!”

Well, I bought that box of crayons
And took it home with me
And laid out all the crayons
So the crayons could all see

They watched me as I colored
With Red and Blue and Green
And Black and White and Orange
And every color in between

They watched as Green became the grass
And Blue became the sky.
The Yellow sun was shining bright
On White clouds drifting by.

Colors changing as they touched,
Becoming something new.
They watched me as I colored.
They watched till I was through.

And when I’d finally finished,
I began to walk away.
And as I did the Crayon box
Had something more to say……..

“I do like Red! ” said the Yellow
And Green said, “So do I !”
And Blue you are terrific!
“So high up in the sky.”

“We are a Box of Crayons
Each of us unique,
But when we get together
The picture is complete”

– – – written by Shane DeRolf

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About Life in the 50's and beyond...

Welcome to Life in the 50's and 60's and beyond .... where I write about my childhood memories, music of the 60's and about life in the country. I am a mother, grandmother, farmer's wife, business owner, and retired teacher.
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4 Responses to A box of crayons

  1. never read it before – thanks for sharing

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  2. marymtf says:

    Anyhing that helps, Ruth. And to be effective you need to begin when your children are at the crayon stage. And of course, the best lesson of all: tolerance is as tolerance does.

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  3. awww.. I love that! Simple and really very perfect, like you said, for teaching that lesson. Thanks for sharing that, Ruth. 🙂

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