The Colors of Myself by Karen Hutchins Pirnot Illustrated by Sameon Clay Klanot


Welcome to my review of

The Colors of Myself by Karen Hutchins Pirnot
Illustrated by Sameon Clay Klanot

The Colors of Myself

Sameon Klanot is a four year old boy who lives in Sarasota, Florida with his parents and four older sisters. Sam loves to create stories in his mind, some of which he puts on paper with his paints. He also loves to go biking with his family and create spaceships with Legos. Sam is not sure what he wants to be when he grows up but he is confident that he will want to help people in some way.

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: 20 pages
  • Publisher: The Peppertree Press (March 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936051966
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936051960

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My Thoughts

Wow, I am in awe of the painting in this book by four year old Sam! They are breath-taking for a child that young to draw.  I would love to have the one on page 7 framed! It is beautiful! Ok that said, this book is about for year old Sam using colors to identify himself and his feelings. With each color he has a different feeling about himself. As Sam explained his feeling of each painting to the author, she puts those feelings to the words in this book.

I love to see the creative minds of children and Sam is showing readers a part of his four year old creative mind. What a wonderful way he used to express himself in this precious book, and having his feeling in print will encourage other young readers to do the same. The book is beautiful inside and out. The warm inviting colors of the book cover will sure capture the young reader’s attention. This book is a must for public, school and personal libraries everywhere!

I want to thank the author Karen Hutchins Pirnot for providing a copy of this book for me to review. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine alone.

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Meet the Author and Illustrator:

Dr. Karen Pirnot

Dr. Pirnot has worked with children and families in various capacities for the past fifty years.  While in private practice in Iowa, she worked extensively with children and adults in the juvenile justice system.  She has also worked in consultating for schools and hospitals.

As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Pirnot has spoken to groups and lectured in universities.  In addition to her work with children and families, Dr. Pirnot has worked with female inmates in the prison system and with death and dying issues with geriatric residents in long term care facilities.

Dr. Pirnot is married, with three children whom she raised prior to her return to school for graduate work.  After moving from Iowa, she had a private practice in Sarasota, Florida prior to her retirement in 2005.

Following her retirement, Dr. Pirnot began to publish books she had written during her clinical practice years.  She writes about the imagination and motivation of children while attempting to empower the child characters in her books.  Many of her adult novels also contain interactions with children, with emphasis on respectful and growth-oriented interactions between and among the generations.  Dr. Pirnot is currently engaged in writing about character disorders which prevent healthy interactions between individuals and couples.

Dr. Pirnot is available for speaking engagements and book signings.  All queries for personal appearances should be directed to publisher Julie Ann Howell at Peppertree Publishing.

Author’s Note: The illustrations in this book were created by four year old Sam Klanot. As he finished his works of art of told the author of the feelings generated by the colors of the artwork. The author then interpreted into prose the feelings related by the child illustrator. To visit Dr. Pirnot or to order books:


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