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Pretty Dolls Perfect Paperback – November 15, 2011
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
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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.
One day, Tasha's dog Victor charges into the room and rocks the bookshelf back and forth, making Emily-Nicole stumble and fall. He snatches her into his mouth and shakes her, then heaves her into the air and she lands on Tasha's bed... right next to Gracie. Will the other dolls help Emily-Nicole or will Gracie?
Pretty Dolls is an adorable picture book for little girls ages 3 to 8. It 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 than us. The language is simple and engaging, appropriate for this age group. The illustrations are charming, a splash of color on the pages with a lot of pinks and purples. There's an accompanying audio book included with Pretty Dolls, which can be downloaded for free from the publisher's website at [...] and burned onto a CD or saved to a portable device such as an iPod. Recommended.
Kids will not only gravitate to the bright and vivid pictures on each page, but also follow along Gracie, who is Tasha's favorite doll who gets teased by Emile-Nicole, Lilly-Kate, Chloe-Anne for not being as pretty as they are.
Here are excerpts from the book:
"Now one thing Tasha didn't know was after books were read, prayers were said, and lights were turned out, Emily-Nicole turned very mean. Perched on the tippy-top bookcase shelf, she glared down a Gracie nestled in Tasha's arms and grew jealous. She said things to Lilly-Kate and Chloe-Anne to make them laugh, like "Look at her silly hair sticking up!" and "Hahaha! She has only one nubby arm, and her eyes look like boo-boo bruises!"
And Lilly-Kate and Chloe-Anne giggled as they sang:
Pretty eyes and pretty hair, We're the best dolls anywhere. If you were a pretty doll, you'd be up her standing tall.
It is a story children will relate to and understand. Today, unfortunately many kids are bullied or teased about their looks, appearance, clothes, ... in school and Pretty Dolls cleverly tells this story in a unique way; which is why A&BP highly recommends this book to children and parents!
Tasha loved Gracie because she had so much more play value. Tasha fixed Gracie's hair so often it had turned spiky. Gracie `s right arm was missing due to a run-in with Victor, the dog. He thought Gracie's arm was a bone. But for whatever reason, Tasha kept Gracie on her bed to snuggle with, but this created jealousy in the doll community.
Tasha knows nothing about the doll wars that occur every night as soon as the lights are turned off. The coveted place in the nursery was the tippy-top bookcase shelf.
That's where Emily Nicole sat and made fun of Gracie to the amusement of the other beautiful dolls, Lilly-Kate and Chloe-Anne. Gracie told herself she was the luckiest doll in the world, but it was hard to convince herself when the other dolls were so mean to her.
What a shock when Gracie was willing to help Emily-Nicole even though she had never received help from the beautiful porcelain doll. From then on they shared a giggle and a secret. Emily-Nicole realized that friendship, was more important than beauty.
An award winning author and teacher, Kimberly Dana teaches writing to middle school students who give her much inspiration and insight into the world of teendom. Her Young Adult thriller is Cheerage Fearage.