A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
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."
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?
- Author: Victoria Kann
- Illustrator: Victoria Kann
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Princesses and fairies, Book characters, Brothers and sisters, Great girl role models, Science and nature
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Harper
- Publication date: January 29, 2013
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
- Number of pages: 40
- Available on: Paperback, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback
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