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PACITA

THE PACIFIER FAIRY

A helpful, encouraging read for kids at a crucial life stage.

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A fairy encourages children to give up their pacifiers in Attry, Febvre, and Lawson’s picture book, illustrated by Huette (Rare Patients in the Waiting Room, 2012, etc.).

Pacita, a dark-haired, light-skinned, humanlike fairy, visits anthropomorphic animal children when it’s time for them to surrender their pacifiers. The narrator explains that in order “to speak like a big kid, paci needs to come out.” In exchange, Pacita leaves the kids an encouraging “letter full of wisdom and grace.” In it, the fairy explains that their “soothie” will be added to her own extensive collection, where it will be displayed in its own cubbyhole. The narrator acknowledges the difficulties that many children have without the comfort of their pacifiers, emphasizing that it’s “OK to feel sad.” Pacita later returns with a second letter: “Congrats!” it says. “Soothie’s no longer needed! The challenge seemed grand but you have succeeded!” Huette’s digital, cartoon-style illustrations are colorful and sweet, offering playful, charming scenes featuring animal children, Pacita’s pacifier collection, and her visits to various households. The story’s intent is clear and specific, and it will be helpful for youngsters who are getting ready to make a change. The book’s back matter features in-depth information for adults about pacifier use, including practical advice from a clinical psychologist.

A helpful, encouraging read for kids at a crucial life stage.

Pub Date: May 1, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-73345-680-7

Page Count: 26

Publisher: Beyond the Bridge Communications, LLC

Review Posted Online: Feb. 10, 2020

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TALES FOR VERY PICKY EATERS

Broccoli: No way is James going to eat broccoli. “It’s disgusting,” says James. Well then, James, says his father, let’s consider the alternatives: some wormy dirt, perhaps, some stinky socks, some pre-chewed gum? James reconsiders the broccoli, but—milk? “Blech,” says James. Right, says his father, who needs strong bones? You’ll be great at hide-and-seek, though not so great at baseball and kickball and even tickling the dog’s belly. James takes a mouthful. So it goes through lumpy oatmeal, mushroom lasagna and slimy eggs, with James’ father parrying his son’s every picky thrust. And it is fun, because the father’s retorts are so outlandish: the lasagna-making troll in the basement who will be sent back to the rat circus, there to endure the rodent’s vicious bites; the uneaten oatmeal that will grow and grow and probably devour the dog that the boy won’t be able to tickle any longer since his bones are so rubbery. Schneider’s watercolors catch the mood of gentle ribbing, the looks of bewilderment and surrender and the deadpanned malarkey. It all makes James’ father’s last urging—“I was just going to say that you might like them if you tried them”—wholly fresh and unexpected advice. (Early reader. 5-9)

Pub Date: May 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-547-14956-1

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Clarion Books

Review Posted Online: April 4, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2011

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CINDERELLA

From the Once Upon a World series

A nice but not requisite purchase.

A retelling of the classic fairy tale in board-book format and with a Mexican setting.

Though simplified for a younger audience, the text still relates the well-known tale: mean-spirited stepmother, spoiled stepsisters, overworked Cinderella, fairy godmother, glass slipper, charming prince, and, of course, happily-ever-after. What gives this book its flavor is the artwork. Within its Mexican setting, the characters are olive-skinned and dark-haired. Cultural references abound, as when a messenger comes carrying a banner announcing a “FIESTA” in beautiful papel picado. Cinderella is the picture of beauty, with her hair up in ribbons and flowers and her typically Mexican many-layered white dress. The companion volume, Snow White, set in Japan and illustrated by Misa Saburi, follows the same format. The simplified text tells the story of the beautiful princess sent to the forest by her wicked stepmother to be “done away with,” the dwarves that take her in, and, eventually, the happily-ever-after ending. Here too, what gives the book its flavor is the artwork. The characters wear traditional clothing, and the dwarves’ house has the requisite shoji screens, tatami mats and cherry blossoms in the garden. The puzzling question is, why the board-book presentation? Though the text is simplified, it’s still beyond the board-book audience, and the illustrations deserve full-size books.

A nice but not requisite purchase. (Board book/fairy tale. 3-5)

Pub Date: Sept. 13, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4814-7915-8

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Oct. 11, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2017

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