HANNAH SPARKLES by Robin Mellom

HANNAH SPARKLES

A Friend Through Rain or Shine
Age Range: 5 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Do friends always have to enjoy the same activities?

Hannah, white with long brown braids and dressed in a deep pink jumper, cheers with her sparkly pompoms. She loves to smile, and she keeps a unicorn in her bike basket. When Sunny Everbright moves in nearby, Hannah imagines a cheerful white blonde dressed in bright colors. To the contrary, Sunny has pale skin and messy black hair, jeans, and black sneakers. She answers “no” to Hannah’s excited questions: “Do you like riding bikes?…Finding butterflies?…Drawing unicorns?” When Hannah tries to “teach Sunny Everbright how to be happy” by saying “For drawing hearts, magenta is your go-to color,” Sunny draws a black spider. When Hannah shows her how to make daisy chains, Sunny finds a spider and a web. When Hannah coos, “If you need a smile, the strawberry is your go-to fruit,” Sunny plops in the mud. Suddenly, it begins to rain, and Sunny begins to enjoy herself. A very confused Hannah finds solace on her jeans-wearing mom’s lap as her mother wisely explains: “We all find happiness in different ways, Hannah.” The next morning, an invitation arrives to “play in the rain,” complete with a lizard twirling a pompom. Comical illustrations are colorful and movement-filled, combining sketching with digital programs; Sunny is likely to be read as either white or Asian. The text can be a little precious but succeeds in validating both girls’ preferences.

A serviceable title on friendship. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-06-232233-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2017




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