RED RIBBON by Sarah Weeks


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Jenny, the 8-year-old neighbor of an AIDS victim, learns from her mother another way to wear the red hair ribbon she gets for her birthday--in the simple loop that has come to represent commitment to AIDS eradication and education, and compassion for those with the disease. The full-page paintings that face each verse of the simple rhyming text have a muted, downcast air created by dark colors and shadows; figures and expressions are clearly rendered, and though the neighbor is mostly seen from the back or at a distance, a final close-up of his thin hand holding a shell, feathers, and Jenny's other personal treasures sounds a more intimate note. The book is packaged with a single-song cassette and a length of ribbon; a portion of the royalties will go to organizations serving children and adults affected by AIDS. Share this with children who ask what the red ribbon means.

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1995
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins