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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The mother is comfortable with her daughter having an imaginary friend. And, the sister lets her younger brother join in her game of pretend.
Positive Role Models
All of the characters are kind and respectful of each other. Even though the unicorn is imaginary, and invisible to the mother and her son, they take the sister seriously. No one teases or dismisses the imaginary friend as silly or impossible. The little girl is comfortable about being unique.
Violence & Scariness
The little girl has to deal with the fact that her imaginary friend seems to have run away.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids who liked the first Pinkalicious book will probably like this third book in the "licious" series. Also, anyone who wants to open a discussion on imaginary friends may find it helpful.
Is It Any Good?
This is the same cute, pig-tailed Pinkalicious character that readers will find in the first two Pinkalicious books. Simply drawn and very pink, she's nearly always smiling and seems confident in her way of seeing the world. In this case, it is a starry magical world of unicorns, flowers, clouds, and lots of pink and purple. Her unicorn, called Goldilicious presumably because of her profuse mane and tail of flower-strewn golden locks, changes from being a solid white animal to a more translucent one depending on who's in the room. Later, she merges with the clouds and shows up as a constellation of stars.
The story makes several strong points though it's not so clever as the illustrations, and loses its focus at times. The strongest, most captivating scenes, both artistically and verbally, are those when Pinkalicious plays with Goldie. And though the lesson is not crystal clear, parents and kids should find plenty to capture their attention, and discuss, in its very magically majestic pages. Kids who like this book should definitely read Pinkalicious, and maybe Purplicious by the same author. Pages are filled with pinkness ... and flowers and lace, which will appeal to most Pinkalicious fans. Others may find the pastel tones and two-dimensional illustrations a little flat.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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