Title: Rhoda Belle Red
Genre: Read-aloud book
Rhoda Belle Roberts loved anything red. She owned eight red dresses. She wore shiny, red shoes. Even her hair was bright red.
Rhoda Belle ran to the kitchen. Scrambled eggs with ketchup and toast with strawberry jam—her favorites!
Rhoda Belle hugged her dog, an Irish setter.
“Let’s take Spice when we walk to school,” Rhoda Belle’s mom said.
“Yippee!” Rhoda Belle shouted. Spice barked and wagged her tail.
Rhoda Belle buttoned her red coat. She put on her red hat. She was ready to go.
Mrs. Miller was walking her poodle. Gigi wasn’t red, but still she was a pretty dog. Mrs. Miller stopped to pet Spice.
“Rhoda Belle,” Mrs. Miller said. “You have the perfect Christmas pet.”
“Spice’s auburn fur would look great with a big, green bow.”
“What’s auburn, Mrs. Miller?”
“It’s a shade of red with some brown mixed in.”
Rhoda Belle thought about this. “So auburn means more than regular red?”
“It sure does,” Mrs. Miller agreed.
“Wow!” Rhoda Belle danced down the sidewalk. She had one new color to love—auburn.
Mr. Peterson was weeding his garden.
“Good morning, Rhoda Belle,” the old man said. “Would you like a scarlet rose?”
“Aren’t the flowers red, Mr. Peterson?” Rhoda Belle asked.
“They sure are. But they’re a red so bright it’s called scarlet.”
Rhoda Belle now had two new colors to love—auburn and scarlet.