A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
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.
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.
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.
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