Odd Velvet by Mary WhitcombOdd Velvet by Mary Whitcomb

Odd Velvet

byMary WhitcombIllustratorTara Calahan King

Hardcover | September 1, 1998

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Velvet is odd. Instead of dolls that talk and cry, Velvet brings a milkweed pod for show and tell. She wins the class art contest using only an eight-pack of crayons. She likes to collect rocks. Even her name is strange-Velvet! But as the school year unfolds, the things Velvet does and the things that Velvet says slowly begin to make sense. And, in the end, Velvet's classmates discover that being different is what makes Velvet so much fun.
Mary E. Whitcomb lives in Wisconsin with her husband, her three children, and their pets. Mary is an elementary school teacher. She collects rocks, fossils and shells much like the ones that Velvet brings to show and tell. This is her first book for childr Tara Calahan King studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Tara lives in Ohio ...
Title:Odd VelvetFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 9.25 × 9.3 × 0.5 inPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Chronicle BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0811820041

ISBN - 13:9780811820042

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not so "Odd" Velvet I purchased this book for a friend for our 20th high school reunion -- and previewed the book with my two children who begged me to read it over and over. It appeals to the memories we may have of feeling different from our classmates, especially if we didn't have the 'right' clothes or toys or live in the 'right' neighbourhoods - and it appealed to my children who realized that 'odd' is just a three letter word for interesting. With an artistic twist, Velvet brings understanding and appreciation for the world outside of school to her classmates. Odd Velvet delivers a powerful message about differences between children in a subtle and enjoyable way .
Date published: 2000-08-12

From Our Editors

Velvet isn’t like other kids. Instead of dolls that talk and cry, she brings milkweed pods for show and tell and collects rocks for fun. Even her name is strange! But, as the school year unfolds, the things Velvet does slowly begin to make sense and in the end, her classmates grow to love her weird ways. A delightful story, Odd Velvet teaches children to appreciate differences in themselves and other children.

Editorial Reviews

"Listeners will be happy and...get a few new ideas for flexing their own imaginative muscles".

-- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books