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In Dana's debut picture book, one haughty doll learns that being pretty isn't everything. A positive read that encourages children to look beyond surface appearances when choosing their friends. - Kirkus Reviews
I liked reading this book. It's about dolls that make fun of another doll because she doesn't look as beautiful as the other dolls. I also liked it because you could listen to it through audio and follow along in the book. -Zoey, age 7 of ReaderViews (Reviews, by Kids, for Kids)
"Pretty Dolls" is an award winning children's book, as a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary contest in 2011 in the children's picture book category....Gracie and Emily-Nicole become best friends as a surprise ending, teaching children to value friendship more than fear. - Midwest Book Review
[Pretty Dolls] is a story about kindness and discovering new friendships. The book offers a valuable and lovely message about what it means to be truly beautiful and about accepting others, even if they look a little different to us. Recommended. - Blogcritics.org / Seattle Post Intelligencer
It is an easy read for children and delivers a powerful message in a fun and understandable way. This is an excellent book for helping children learn how to deal with jealousy and embrace the differences that make us all unique and special. - Readers Favorite
An award-winning author, teacher, and book reviewer, Kimberly Dana enjoys teaching writing to middle school students who give her much inspiration and insight into the world of tweendom. She is published by the National Council of Teachers of English and the recipient of several writing honors from Writers Digest, the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and various book festivals from around the world. Other affiliations include the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and EPIC, the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition, where she serves as a judge for the annual eBook competition. Kimberly's most recent books include Cheerage Fearage, Lucy and CeCee's How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School, and the delightful picture book, Pretty Dolls, winner of Best Children's Picture Book of the Year by Reader Views and Character Building Counts. Kimberly invites her readers to visit her at kimberlydana.com.
Kimberly Dana's children's book, Pretty Dolls, is a beautifully illustrated story about a young girl, Tasha, and her four dolls. It's a very girlie book and I'm sure young girls would enjoy the pretty pictures and the heartwarming story.
The illustrations help to tell the story along with the words, so this would be a great book to read to a young child who cannot read on their own, as they can then look at the book afterwards and watch the story unfold as they look at the pictures. It would also make a nice gift for an older child.
Pretty Dolls tells the story of a little girl, Tasha, who owns four dolls. Three of the dolls are beautiful and displayed on a bookcase in Tasha's room. The doll Tasha plays with, Gracie, has lost an arm, her hair has been cut by Tasha, and Tasha has coloured in her eyes with a felt-tip pen. Regardless, Tasha loves her little doll and snuggles up with her in bed each night. The beautiful dolls become jealous of the attention Tasha gives to the less than perfect doll. This jealousy means that they taunt and make fun of Gracie each night when Tasha is asleep. The doll who is most bitter about Gracie's relationship with Tasha is the most beautiful one, Emily-Nicole. She cannot understand why Tasha doesn't pay more attention to her as everyone says she is the most beautiful. One day, Tasha's dog enters the bedroom and knocks, Emily-Nicole, off the shelf and onto the bed. Gracie and Emily-Nicole are thrown together by this event and Gracie shows her kindness, making Emily-Nicole realise that beauty is more than skin deep. The two dolls then become firm friends.
I read this lovely book by Kimberly Dana and realized it would be a good gift for my granddaughters. I hope the grandson will also take a peek inside. It's about love and caring that are more powerful and important than jealousy and surface beauty. A bit of a "don't judge a book by its cover" type story.
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Pretty Dolls by Kimberly Dana, a finalist in the Children's Picture Book category at the 2011 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest, is a delightful story about overcoming jealousy and the love a girl can share with her special doll, no matter what she looks like.
Little Tasha has several dolls, but her favorites are Emily-Nicole and Gracie.
Emily-Nicole is the most beautiful of all, with porcelain skin, silky red hair and turquoise-blue eyes. She spends most of her days perched on the top bookshelf case with the other beautiful dolls.
Unlike Emily-Nicole, Gracie has tufts of brown hair (from when Tasha played hairdresser), purple eyes (from when she played artist), and a missing arm. She's not at all beautiful like Emily-Nicole. But Tasha loves her because she's the snuggliest of all and that's why she always carries her around.
Unbeknown to Tasha, once she's deeply sound asleep in the quiet of the night, Emily-Nicole, jealous of Tasha and Gracie's closeness, starts making fun of Gracie and calling her cruel names. The other pretty dolls giggle and together they mock:
"Pretty eyes and pretty hair. We're the best dolls anywhere. If you were a pretty doll, you'd be up here standing tall."
Night after night the banter continues. As Emily-Nicole becomes more and more jealous, she turns increasingly cruel. Her heart becomes just as cold and porcelain-like as her beautiful face. Deep inside, though, she suffers. She would like to be the one to snuggle up with Tasha instead of standing on the shelf all day and night. She just can't understand why Tasha prefers Gracie when Gracie is so ugly compared to her.Read more ›
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