Saturday, January 21, 2017

"Dress-up Day!" Pinkalicious--Fashion Fun by Victoria Kann

It's a playdate party and hostess Pinkalicious welcomes her pals Molly and Ross. Molly arrives with a fat folder.

"What's in there?" I asked.

"Fashion show pictures I have collected," says Molly.

Ross says, "I want dresses like that!"

Pinkalicious is just about to suggest that they raid her mom's closet for dress-up fashions, when Mom gets the drift.

"Please use your imaginations, not my clothes!

Play in YOUR room!"

And Pinkalicious rises to the occasion! She and her friends brainstorm materials that they can use to make their creations for the fashion show. Pinkie notices one fashion photo with several bows, and comes up with an novel idea.

"Bowtie pasta!"

And the young designers are off and running, collecting found objects from all parts of Pinkie's house--twist-ties, glue, glitter, bubble wrap, newspapers, even coffee filters and paper cupcake cups.

And soon the super models are ready for the runway and the photo shoot by brother Peter and his new camera, in Victoria Kann's newest I-Can-Read Level 1 book, Pinkalicious: Fashion Fun (I Can Read Level 1) (Harper, 2016). With a controlled vocabulary text and Kann's lively illustrations, this one will be a hit for young crafters and fashionistas alike and which at least makes the case for creativity and keeping the mess out of Mom's bedroom (if not out of Pinkie's!)

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