Sprinkle Dee Scoops the ice cream cone learns the importance of seeing a project through to the end.
Scoops loves to try new things. The problem is, she never quite finishes what she starts. Projects lie abandoned, haphazard on the floor. Scoops has started a painting for the cherry twins’ birthday (stars of the Reeds’ previous Sweet Competition, 2016), but it is now time for their surprise party, and she hasn’t finished. Hastily, she slaps paint on the canvas but, at the party, is disappointed when she sees the others’ thoughtful, creative work. In an arbitrary, very convenient plot twist, she dashes away from the house sobbing sprinkle tears and inadvertently joins a foot race. Which she then finishes! The lesson—“Starting a project was fun, but finishing it was something else”—is a real stretch since she didn’t start with an achievable goal; she simply found herself in the situation of completing something. But the cheery polymer-clay medium for the figures and abounding food puns will (mostly) brighten the dull spots.
Palatable. (Picture book. 3-6)