Paging Roy G. Biv

Scene: kindergarten classroom, story time.

Players: kindergarten teacher, eager students.

Witnesses: school principal, me.

Teacher, holding up book: “Look at the bird on this page, everyone. Can anyone tell me what color this bird is?”

Several eager arms shoot straight into the air. Teacher calls on a student who proclaims confidently “Red!”

Teacher: “Hmm, no, not red. Anyone else?”

Several more arms in the air. Teacher calls on another student who announces, with equal confidence, “Orange!”

Teacher: “No, not orange. Who can tell me what color [emphasizing this, as if the kids have been answering the wrong question] the bird is?”


The principal and I exchange glances. We can’t see the book, but we’re wondering about this bird, too.

Teacher: “Anyone? Who knows what color the bird is?”


Teacher, sadly: “No ideas? Well, it’s red-orange!”

Principal (under his breath, as we leave the room): “She and I will have a little talk later…”


  1. jennifer says:

    That is so funny, and yet so horrifying. It must have been very difficult for you to restrain the urge to slap that woman silly. I’m having that urge, and I wasn’t even there.

  2. Rob Rushing says:

    That’s got to be one of the most baffling exchanges ever. I can imagine a number of children sitting there, thinking, “I guess the word color doesn’t mean what I thought it meant…” I would have been tempted to answer “round.” I guess Ben won’t be going to that school!