Welcome to another Write a Review Wednesday, a meme started by Tara Lazar as a way to show support to authors of kids literature. Last week I wrote a review on Wanda’s Freckles, a great story about celebrating a child’s uniqueness (by Barbara Azore and Georgia Graham). This week I review another wonderful picture book by Georgia Graham courtesy of my friend Sylvia at Tundra Books (@TundraBooks).
When you have girls in your house, fancy dresses are bound to fit into your day. My youngest daughter loves to dress in twirlies (her term for dresses). And once she has her twirly on there’s no getting it off even if she’s playing in the backyard, helping with grocery shopping or digging for worms in the backyard. I think that’s one reason why Georgia Graham’s book The Lime Green Secret (age 4-7) by Tundra Books appealed to me.
Gloria is happy to be a flower girl for her older sister’s impending wedding. But what she’s really excited about is the beautiful satin gown, long white gloves, shiney white shoes, lace socks and a sparkling tiara she gets to wear. Her mother has told her she can’t wear the dress until the wedding. Of course that’s easier said than done. While wearing her flower girl dress, Gloria fills her days until the wedding with conducting an orchestra to having a tea party with friends. But when disaster strikes and something happens to the flower girl dress before the wedding, Gloria doesn’t know what to do.
My kids loved this story. I think they could relate to Gloria’s excitement with wearing the special dress and the desire to wear it, even when it’s not suppose to be worn. Georgia Graham’s illustrations, like in Wanda’s Freckles, add a warmth to Gloria and other characters in the story. My kids laughed out loud at how the illustrations revealed Gloria’s secret too.
Released in February 2009, you can add The Lime Green Secret to your home library by buying it from Amazon.ca. You can also see other children book reviews I’ve written as part of Write a Review Wednesday.
What is your family favourite this week?