Emeraldalicious

Book review by
Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Pinkalicious goes green in magical clean-up adventure.

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Educational value

Pinkalicious and her brother show how you can use recycled materials to create new clothes, recycled objects to build fun things to play with, and spread seeds to grow flowers.

Positive messages

There's a clear message to not use beautiful open spaces as a dumping ground, and that if you take the time to clean up trash and plant seeds, you can restore a place to its former natural beauty. There's also a positive message about recycling and not overconsuming.

Positive role models & representations

Pinkalicious is upbeat, positive and creative, and shows that when she identifies a problem, she can focus her energy and creativity to fix it. Peter is a friendly, supportive, and equally creative brother.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Emeraldalicious uses the popular Pinklalicious character to send a positive environmental message in this lighthearted picture book about turning a dump back into the beautiful garden and picnic space it once was. Pinkalicious and her brother use recycled materials to create a new outfit and build fun things to play with, spread seeds to grow flowers, and realize "we have all we need."

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What's the story?

Pinkalicious, the Princess of Pink, goes for a stroll with her brother, Peter, and accidentally trips and breaks her tirara wand. She makes a new wand out of a stick and vines, along with a floral crown and cape to become the Princess of Flowers. The wand turns out to be a magic, and leads the kids to a junk-filled dumping ground that used to be their favorite park. "This is where we had picnics!" says Peter. "What happened?" They use the wand to clean up the area, make flowers grow and birds come, and create things out of recycled materials -- a throne, a castle, an outfit, a boatmobile -- and transform the dump into an "Emeraldicious garden."

Is it any good?

This delightful book is loaded with positive messages. It's about rescuing and restoring natural space, recycling materials, and realizing that "we have everything we need" and "with a a little love, we can make the entire world EMERALDALICIOUS!"

It's a bit heavy-handed, but with the bright illustrations, sparkly magic, sweet brother-sister friendship, and the mega-popular Pinkalicious character at the center, kids will enjoy it, and maybe some of the messages will stick.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about protecting the environment. What's the effect of littering and leaving trash in the park? What can kids do to help?

  • Why is Pinkalicious so popular with kids. What's fun about her books?

  • Make a toy out of recycled objects. What do you want to build, and where will you find the pieces for it?

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