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Summary: Rose and Valentina are two friends love pink. When Rose gets a new lunchbox, Valentina wants one too. Rose gets upset. Then Valentina gets a new backpack, and Rose is jealous. This is a fun book with a nice lesson about jealousy.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, developing reader
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Reading Level: 2.9
Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: My child loved it.
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the lesson on jealousy. The author incorporated the lesson in a a fun way that appeals to little girls, but can also be appreciated by boys.
Pros: Even with the pink and princess elements, this is a story with a lesson that all young readers will connect with.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If you have a child that struggles with feelings or friendship, this would be a handy book to have around. It is a definite buy for an elementary school library.
Educational Themes: This is an excellent story to talk about feelings and how to deal with them. The main theme is jealousy, but there are other emotions. For example, the story opens with the two girls laughing together.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, friendship, emotions, life lessons
Date(s) Reviewed: May 2015
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