Thursday, June 7, 2018

Dear Girl by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal

Mother/Daughter collaboration

- A Celebration In Many Ways -

This beautiful book of thoughts is a Mother/Daughter creation by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and daughter Paris. Each double-page spread begins with “Dear Girl” and lists advice by a loving person in the girl’s (reader’s) life.

“Dear Girl, Make your room awesome. Make your room YOU. And while you’re at it, make your bed!”

The illustration shows a girl (the same girl used throughout the book) reading in a pink chair, a pink bed with a poster near it of Amelia Earhart and the words, “Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” There is a desk with a fun bulletin board over it. A teddy bear is sitting on the floor near a pile of books.

“Dear Girl, There are no rules about what to wear or how to cut your hair.”

In what looks like a clothes closet is a girl wearing tights, boots, shorts, and a crossbones and skull sleeveless shirt. The right side of the spread shows the girl with a pixie haircut wearing a feathery Tinkerbell-looking skirt.

“Dear Girl, Listen to your brave side.”

This time the little dark-haired girl is standing on a diving board looking slightly sad. One thought bubble is, “Gosh. I dunno.” The other bubble, “I’ve got this!”
The last spread and ending page gives a parting reminder to the girl. One that is sure to delight both the giver and receiver of this book.

My Thoughts

What Concerned Me: Nothing

What I Liked MostI believe this book takes at least a couple of readings to fully appreciate what it has to offer. The illustrations go hand-in-hand with the text of various fun and serious thoughts.
This book would make a nice gift for almost any age girl.

Here is an interview with Paris Rosenthal. Amy Krouse died March 13, 2017

 Amy Krouse Rosenthal and her daughter Paris. (Photo: MissAmyKR/Instagram)


Authors: Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal
Illustrator: Holly Hatam
Publisher: HarperCollins (December 2017)

Approx. Words: 326
Ages:  4 and up
Pages: 40
Activities: Here

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