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Big Red Lollipop Hardcover – March 4, 2010

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  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 410L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (March 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670062871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670062874
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2–4—This sibling-rivalry story compares well with Kevin Henkes's Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick (HarperCollins, 2001). When Rubina comes home with a birthday-party invitation, her mother asks why people celebrate birthdays, as her culture does not, and insists that Rubina take her little sister along despite the older child's insistence that "they don't do that here." Sana is a brat par excellence at the party and steals Rubina's candy. It's a long time before Rubina is invited to another one. Expert pacing takes readers to the day when Sana is invited to her first party. Whereas the embarrassing scenario could be repeated with the girls' younger sister, Rubina convinces her mother to reconsider, and Sana is allowed to go solo. The beauty of the muted tones and spareness of the illustrations allow readers to feel the small conflicts in the text. The stylistic scattering of East Indian motifs from bedspread designs to clothing communicate the cultural richness of the family's home life while the aerial views, especially the rooms through which the siblings chase each other, are priceless. The book is a thoughtful springboard for discussion of different birthday traditions and gorgeous to the eye.—Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York City
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*Starred Review* Siblings everywhere will see themselves in this story, even though it is rooted in the experience of an immigrant family. Rubina is invited to a birthday party, and her little sister Sana screams, I wanna go too! Their mother, Ami, insists that Sana be taken along, despite Rubina’s vigorous protests, and the party turns out as badly as Rubina worries it will. To add insult to injury, after eating the lollipop in her goody bag, Sana almost finishes off Rubina’s. When Sana comes home with her own invitation to a birthday party, their littlest sister wants to attend, and now it’s Sana’s turn to protest. But fair is fair, Ami decrees. In a clever turnaround, Rubina, though sorely tempted to let Sana suffer the embarrassment she did, persuades their mother to let Sana go alone. Khan is of Pakistani descent, and this tale of clashing cultural customs is based on an incident from her childhood. The story (and its lesson) comes to life in Blackall’s spot-on illustrations, which focus on the family, their expressions, and body language. Though the sisters wear western clothes, Ami dresses in more traditional garb, a subtle reminder of how assimilation is transformed from generation to generation. At its heart, though, this is an honest, even moving, commentary on sisterly relationships, and the final rapprochement is as sweet as the lollipop Sana offers Rubina. Preschool-Grade 2. --Ilene Cooper

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I loved sharing it with my children and was touched by the story.
This is an adorable story of sibling rivalry that will not only tickle your youngster's funny bone, but also yours.
D. Fowler
And I won't blame you a jot if you tear up just a little bit at the end of this book.
E. R. Bird

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Yeah, I have a little sister. Have since I was six. And like most older siblings I had the usual older sis/younger sis relationship with her you might imagine. We older siblings get a lot of innate perks, being the first and all, but when you're a kid you have a tendency to only notice the problems. Little sisters want to go everywhere with their older sibs. That's just the nature of the game. What author Rukhsana Khan has done with her newest picture book "Big Red Lollipop" is tell a new story of little sis/big sis woes with a twist that'll knock young readers' socks off. It doesn't matter if a kid is an older sibling, younger sibling, or only child. This book packs a wallop, in part because of the art of Sophie Blackall, and in part because Khan has given us one of the best stories about forgiveness I've read in a very long time.

What a nightmare! When Rubina ran home one day to tell her mother than she was invited to a birthday party, she couldn't believe it when her Ami told her she had to make sure her little sister Sana was invited too. And not only does her little sister pitch a fit when she doesn't win all the games at that party, but she eats all the candy in her goody bag right away. Rubina's a more patient type. She saves her own big red lollipop on the top shelf of the fridge so that she'll be able to eat it first thing the next day. Imagine her horror then when Sana eats HER lollipop too! And her mother doesn't even take Rubina's side! A couple years later, Sana gets invited to a birthday party of her own and is shocked when her mother says she has to bring HER younger sister Maryam along. Rubina could say nothing and let Sana get what's coming to her, but instead she tells their Ami to let Sana go by herself. Ami agrees.
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Rubina was sooooo excited that she had been invited to a birthday party she ran all the way home from school to tell her Ami about it. She had the invitation in her hand and her eyes glistened when her Ami asked, "What's a birthday party?" Ami listened as she fed their youngest sister, Maryam. Rubina's sister, Sana, started to wail and pout, "I wanna go too!" For goodness sake, this was NOT something you took your little sister to. It was embarrassing, but she was just going to have to call Sally up and ask if the little pest could go.

It was an embarrassment, a total one. Sana pitched a fit when she fell down when they were playing musical chairs and had to "win all the games." They did get some nice little party favors, including a big red lollipop. Rubina was going to save hers for later, but her sister "didn't know how to make things last." She was going to savor hers in the morning, but when she got up you know who had eaten it down to a little triangle. "SANA!" Needless to say, Rubina wasn't going to be a party girl for a long time because she was stuck with her little sister. Then one day Sana came home with an invitation. Her eyes glistened as she asked Ami if she could go. All of a sudden Maryam began to scream, "I wanna go to!" Waaaaaaaah!

This is an adorable story of sibling rivalry that will not only tickle your youngster's funny bone, but also yours. Anyone who has two or more children will chuckle when the girls spat, demanding that they have been direly wronged by her sister. The artwork captures the little nuances of jealousy, anger, frustration, and ultimately the love shared by the girls. If you've ever experienced the "crisis" of children disagreeing with each another, you'll get a big kick out of Rubina, Sana, and Maryam!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Praha on April 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
You will get the book if you are familiar with the South Asian culture. The author could have written a commentary on that a little bit so
reader's not familiar with the cultural difference are not condemning the mother for thinking the way she does. I wouldn't read this book to my daughter again (who is 4 yrs ) because it can get confusing to young minds ...she wondered why the Mom is not correcting the Sana and allowing her to get away with the tantrums. It also makes assumptions that if you took your sister you will not be invited to parties which is not the case. I never write reviews but felt compelled to do it for this book.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Catholic Mom on August 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit that I LOATHE this book. My girls checked it out from the library and it makes me mad every time I read it. In fact, I might return it early just so I don't get asked to read it again. What kind of parent insists that you take a little sister to a party she wasn't invited to? Where is the learning that some things you have to wait for and that you don't throw a fit to get your way? THEN, when the same little sister eats her sister's lollipop, which was a party favor from said birthday party,--well, most of the lollipop anyway--and offers the small tidbit as sharing, the mom agrees that the little sister is being kind and sharing. SAY WHAT???? The little sister took something that wasn't hers and you are treating her like the good girl because she is sharing the small piece that she didn't have time to finish?!!! Where is the lesson that you don't take what isn't yours? Not to be greedy? The mother in this book is so frustrating to me as a mom of 5 children myself.

The one redeeming character in the book is Rubina who at the end tells her mom not to make the middle sister take her younger sister to the party she was invited to. Rubina doesn't want her sister to become the outcast that she became as a result of her mom making her take her little sister to the birthday party. The mom replies, "No?" Then says, "Okay." Really? It took a child to tell you how to parent and to realize what you should have done in the first place?

I have never felt so strongly about a children's book. I cannot believe how many good reviews this book has. This book infuriates me.
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