I was unfamiliar with the author Binette Schroeder until reading this book. The recipient of numerous literary awards, I was interested in becoming acquainted with her writing. Mr. Gray and Frieda Frolic are neighbors. The cover gives a clue about their personalities: Mr. Gray is somber, serious, preferring solitude and quiet. Frieda on the other hand, is vibrant, energetic and full of life, enjoying time in her garden while singing and laughing.
I love the depictions of each. The gray scale of all of Mr. Gray's house--the only color added to his life was black (his beard and his dog). His home as neat, tidy and orderly as the numbers he loved to think about. And Frieda's home is all sunshine, color and a bit of happy chaos.
Children will delight in this story that presents the magical way in which these neighbors' lives intersect. How will Mr. Gray handle the introduction of color into his gray world? You'll have to read the book to find out! The story is a beautiful picture of how opposites can complement one another and broaden our horizons. Sometimes we need a little encouragement to try new things and see life in a new way--that's part of the magic of friendship. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Schroeder's books!
Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of Mr. Gray & Frieda Frolic from NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received and the opinions expressed are my own.
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