Pink Me Up

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Dad's a really good sport in this fun father-daughter tale.





What parents need to know

Educational value
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Positive messages

Pink isn’t just a girl thing, this book shows -- even boys can have fun celebrating pink. By being open-minded and flexible, Violet is able to get to her party and have a wonderful time.

Positive role models

Violet’s parents are flexible and supportive -- and her father, especially, shows that embracing something as silly as wrapping your shoes in a pink paper can make a child’s day. Violet responds to disappointment like any child might, flinging herself to the floor, but she’s willing to give her parents’ suggestions a try. She’s thoughtful and considerate, holding her father’s hand en route to the pink-nik since he’s unaccustomed to being pink.

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know this book may well inspire their little girls to start plastering Daddy’s tie with pink stickers! The story accepts that boys generally don't like pink, but proceeds to have a great deal of fun with that idea.

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What's the story?

When Mama breaks out in spots and can’t go to a pink party, Violet wails that it’s the worst day ever. Her daddy offers to take her, but Violet sees a big problem: Boys are not pink! Her father is a good sport, however, and lets Violet outfit him appropriately for a celebration of all things pink -- inspiring the other girls to get to work on their own dads at home.

Is it any good?


Kids don’t need to love the color pink to enjoy this sweet story -- but it sure helps. Violet is immediately empathetic, both in her excitement for the Pink Girls Pink-nik and her devastation when it looks like her plans are ruined. Her father's patience with her disappointment, and his willingness to set dignity aside and turn the misadventure into a creative celebration, is a terrific example for families. Rather than make the hard case that boys can like pink just as much as girls, Charice Mericle Harper finds a way for the pink and the not-so-pink to happily share some common ground.

Wide-eyed, buck-toothed rabbits bound through cartoon pages decorated with just the right amount of pink.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about making the best of a situation. Violet isn’t sure the day can be saved, but it proves to be a wonderful day after all. Have you been disappointed when plans changed, but ended up having more fun than you expected? Do you think Violet had even more fun with a pinked-up father than she might have with her mother?

  • Violet dreams of pinking up everything. What would you want to pink up?

  • Plan your own pink-nik -- perhaps with a special invitation to pinked-up fathers!

Book details

Author:Charise Mericle Harper
Illustrator:Charise Mericle Harper
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Alfred A. Knopf
Publication date:February 23, 2010
Number of pages:40
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 8

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