Birdie's Happiest Halloween

illus. by Sujean Rim. 40p. Little, Brown. Jul. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780316407465.
PreS-Gr 2—Birdie loves the fall. She loves apple picking, cool weather, and playing football with her friends, but most of all Birdie loves Halloween. She loves to dress up, go trick-or-treating, and carving pumpkins. Most times, she has no problem deciding what to be, but this year is different. She knows she can be anything she wants, but what does she want to be? During a trip to the museum, Birdie is introduced to an array of historical figures, but she doesn't want to be Sandra Day O'Connor, Neil Armstrong, or Eleanor Roosevelt. If Birdie can really be anything she wants, then she is going to be the president of the United States. This timely holiday story is charming, and the message is clear. The magic of dressing up at Halloween is that we can let our imaginations run wild. In the end, Birdie dreams big and celebrates her best Halloween ever.
VERDICT This lighthearted offering is a good addition to any library's holiday collection, especially with this being an election year with the possibility of a female president.

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