The Pink Party

K-Gr 2—Best friends Rose and Valentina share a love of everything pink, but Rose grumbles to herself when she thinks her pal is trying to outdo her. At Valentina's all-pink birthday party, her jealousy takes over when her friend's ballet costume outshines her princess dress. She storms home and misses the party, but later Valentina comes by to apologize for showing off and they make up. The bubbly story moves along briskly with simple sentences. The digital illustrations are cheerfully rendered with bright splashes of color. In contrast, Rose's growing jealousy is aptly portrayed by a gray scribbly cloud over her head. The rosy-cheeked girls are endearing, and Rose's pet poodle is a charmer. This sweet story delivers a moral about friendship in a pleasant package that is sure to appeal to petite lovers of all things pink.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
New ed., 1994, Hyperion. Rose and Valentina compete for the most pink items. At Valentina's "Pink Party," Rose's jealousy comes to a head, and she stomps home to pout. After the party, apologies are offered. Stead's new Pepto-pink-heavy digital illustrations (some with sparkles) will appeal to girls who love the hue as much as the protagonists (who were named Lisa and Amy in the previous edition).

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