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Happy Colors Sad Shades Darling Alexander

Happy Colors Sad Shades
Imagine. Create. Share.
Since 2008, the Kids4Kids My Story Creation annual story writing and illustration competition has provided primary students across Hong Kong with a creative platform that enables the budding writers and artists to imagine, create and share their stories.
This story was written and illustrated by kid(s) who participated in the Kids4Kids annual 'My Story Creation competition'. We hope to celebrate all the kids who used their creativity and imagination to create a story by giving them an opportunity to custom print their story, and be able to share and inspire other kids to create their own story.
Proceeds from the sale of this custom print story will help fund the Literacy Development Programmes at Kids4Kids to provide creative learning opportunities to low resourced communities in Hong Kong. By buying a Kids4Kids custom print story, you are not only applauding the future artists & authors of Hong Kong but you are also making a difference in a child’s life!
想像•創作•分享
自二零零八年起,童協基金會每年均舉辦「我的故事創作」比賽,藉此為全港小學生提供發揮創意的平台,並讓這些正在萌芽的小畫家和小作家分享他們創作的故事。
這本故事集是「我的故事創作」比賽的參賽作品,我們希望透過印製故事集來嘉許及分享創作者的努力成果,並藉此鼓勵更多兒童進行故事創作。
這本故事集的銷售收益將用於資助童協基金會的讀寫發展項目,為在資源匱乏環境下學習的學童提供支援。你的慷慨支持不僅鼓勵香港未來的畫家和作家,也為有需要的學童帶來希望!

In a gloomy city there was a happy girl named Addie. She loved to draw, but was never allowed to use color. Her parents were artists, but since they lived in the city, all that her parents drew was nature with no color, they never thought about the beauty of color because they always use to think shading was more important than colors in their childhood.

Addie thought differently though. She always thought color was beautiful. Every time she went to her art class, all the art pieces around her were colorful. Her teacher used to persuade her to use color, but she always said no.

Then one day, Addie and her parents went on vacation out into the countryside. Addie was so excited! She could finally see things that she has never seen before in the city. As she jumped into the car with excitement.

A few hours later she woke up and saw blurry colors on the window. She rubbed her eyes, and rubbed them again. She saw a color bomb in the sky! It was so bright and the colors were shining at her. She drew it in her sketchbook without colors and went back to sleep. She did not say anything to her parents, not even one word.

When she came back from vacation, she really wanted to ask her art teacher about the color bomb! During reading time at school, her teacher Ms. Courtney decided to read Noah's Ark to the class, and how Noah saved all the animals from the flood and a rainbow appeared! “So that is what that color bomb is called, a rainbow!” Addie said aloud. Everyone stared at her. Addie just smiled.

Moments later when Addie had art class, she showed her art teacher Ms. Alla her drawing of a rainbow. “Wow! What a beautiful rainbow! But why didn't you use color?”
“Because…'' Addie hesitated, “It's a rainbow! You can use color!” Addie didn't answer and walked back to her table. “I'm gonna draw a rainbow with colors!” she said to herself.

As the school day finished she ran back home, with her rainbow drawing behind her back, she was extremely excited to show her parents what she did in art class.

“Mom, Dad, come here! I want to show you something!” Her mom and dad walked leisurely to her, as Addie smiled brighter than a field full of sunflowers, Addie slowly took out the drawing behind her back, the colors hit them in the eyes. They had never seen so much color before!

“That… that… that's beautiful! That's the most beautiful drawing I have ever seen!” Mom said, and they hugged each other with all their might. “I'm so sorry Addie, I will let you use any color you wish for!” as the sun beamed a rainbow and smiled at Addie.

As she went to sleep that night, it was the cosiest she had ever been. Her eyes closed with the biggest smile, as the moon said goodnight.

Written & illustrated by 文•圖

Darling Alexander