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BIG GIRL PANTIES by Fran Manushkin


by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Valeria Petrone

Age Range: 1 - 4

Pub Date: Sept. 11th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-307-93152-8
Publisher: Robin Corey/Random

A festive celebration of a young girl’s transition to underwear. 

“Bye-bye, diapers! / I wear panties! // Happy panties! Snappy panties! / Panties! Panties! Hip hooray! Panties for every single day,” says the dark-haired Caucasian heroine, who cavorts through the pages modeling undergarments with colorful prints and patterns. Midway through the book, she claims her “big girl” status and playfully scolds a baby (likely a sibling) and a toy crocodile for even considering wearing panties. On the last page, she calls the panty-wearing reader “a big girl, too!” The flat, pleasing, retro illustrations on slate blue backgrounds echo the text’s tone nicely. While this book isn’t going to convince girls to make the change without other interventions, parents will appreciate the rhyming, bouncing text’s exuberant cheerleading. Here’s hoping the boy’s version of this brief tale (pun-intended) is not too far away.

This is one of a handful of diaper-to-underwear books that is fun to read more than once. (Board book. 18 mos.-4)