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Every-Day Dress-Up Hardcover – October 11, 2011
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Alko's illustrations are charming. From the cardboard box airplane that the girl flies in when she is Earhart, to the colorful robe she dons when she becomes Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, the illustrations make this book come alive.
Short biographies of the eleven historical figures featured are found in the back of the book, and there is a short list of "Books That Inspire."
"I used to only play princess/ until Mommy showed me pictures/ and told me stories of real, great women.
Now dressing up is an adventure/ when, every day of the week,/ I am a daring new dame!"
Each day of the week, our heroine dresses up as a different famous woman, including Amelia, First Lady of Flight, Ella, Queen of Jazz, Marie, Star-Studded Scientist, and Frida, Prized Painter. She even marches in a parade with her flag as Elizabeth, Super Suffragist! The colorful and whimsical illustrations show a child dressed up in costumes anyone could easily copy at home, and best of all, the little girl is even depicted putting away all her props and costumes (The clean-up song from Barney went through my head at that point in the story!) The story concludes with an inspirational message, "And when I'm older, I hope/ to have my own outstanding outfit,/so that little girls will sport costumes of me!"
Back matter includes brief biographies of the great women mentioned in the text, as well as a short list of picture books on some of the women in the book. Endpapers offer paper-doll costumes and a paper doll, which could be color copied to be played with without destroying the book.
This is a delightful alternative to the plethora of princess books being published these days, and a great choice for preschoolers or early elementary school students.