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Puzzled by Pink by Sarah Frances Hardy
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Jun 20, 12

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Sweet story about sisters who are very different, Rose likes everything Pink but Izzy the older one does not. Rose is having a pink fairy birthday party and requires all guests to be dressed in of course pink costumes (tutus and fairy wings). Izzy feels left out as she wants to attend as herself, non-pink. Rose will not allow it and Izzy runs off to the attic for her own spooky, cooky tea party with goulish friends. Later the two girls enter into a squabble about the proper way to have a tea party which causes a surprise guest to arrive uniting the two sisters, with all attending the party in the end.

There are lots of things little kids will like in this book Rose's pink fairy party with the trimmings and Izzy's witchy tea party with spiders, ghostly friend, and monster stuffed animals.

The initial theme of the story is one that will resonate with all kids, wanting to be accepted for who you are. This theme is carried well through about the first two-thirds of the book, as you feel Izzy puzzlement and pain at being left out. In the end Izzy is able to attend the party but it isn't because of any growth in either of the characters but because of the surprise guest. This leaves the theme unfinished and this reader unsatisfied.

The illustrations adeptly portray the two sisters, pink and airy for Rose, while gray and glum for Izzy. The watercolor pictures work okay providing an airy loose feeling. A few times the expressions of the characters did not match with the emotions in the text which had me a bit puzzled.

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