Blue Ethel by Jennifer Black Reinhardt
A gentle and sweet picture book about friendship and feeling comfortable with yourself. Ethel is a black and white cat who is very set in her ways. When Ethel’s daily routine gets shaken up, she learns that sometimes change is a good thing. She spends her days sitting on the porch looking out on her yard, chasing some bugs, and rolling on her favorite spot on the sidewalk. But one day, Ethel discovers that she is now blue after rolling in sidewalk chalk. This makes her feel self-conscious and she retreats indoors until Fluffy, a white cat, appears at her window pink, having also rolled in chalk, and the two begin spending their days together. Ethel is now okay with being black and white or maybe some days other colors. The final spreads feature Ethel and Fluffy in vibrant rainbow colors on the sidewalk and then sitting in a tree watching a magnificent sunset. Charming and whimsical illustrations add to the delight of the story.