Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Big Red Lollipop

Big Red Lollipop

Big Red Lollipop
by Rukhsana Kahn
illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Viking, 2010
review copy provided by the publisher

Rubina has received her first invitation to a birthday party, but Ami won't let her go unless she takes her little sister, Sana, who's screaming and crying to come along. Nothing will make Ami budge, so Sana goes along. Not only does Sana spoil the party for Rubina, all the other girls know that if they invite Rubina, then Sana will have to come, too. Each child gets a goodie bag with a big red lollipop. Sana gobbles hers down before bedtime, and eats most all of Rubina's in the morning before she gets up, adding insult to injury.

When Sana gets her first birthday party invitation, their youngest sister Maryam screams to go along, and Ami is set to make Sana take her to the party since she was taken to Rubina's party.

Rubina remembers how hard it was to have Sana at the party with her, and how long it was before she got another birthday party invitation, and she convinces Ami to let Sana go alone. Sana brings Rubina a special treat from the party.

This is a perfect book for talking about sibling rivalry, birthday traditions, theme, and character development.

1 comment:

  1. This is one of my new favorites! I reviewed it back in March, and I still think about it. I love the different faces Rubina makes - Sophie Blackall is such a great illustrator.

    (My review is here.)

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