Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books


Fall 2008 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Author: Holly Hobbie
Illustrator: Holly Hobbie
ISBN: 978-0-316-16687-4
Hardcover Price: $16.99
The dramatic eye makeup, suggestive clothing and implied attitude of some fashion dolls is enough to make parents cringe--especially when their daughters inevitably ask for one of their own. This is the dilemma faced by the young star of Holly Hobbie's new picture book, Fanny. Fanny has her heart set on a glamorous Connie doll for her birthday; her friends already have them, but Fanny's mom thinks they look "just too. . . much." So Fanny decides to take matters into her hands, literally, by making a doll for herself. What happens after that is eye-opening for Fanny, her friends, and her mother--and may just inspire young readers to design their own dolls. Hobbie's story sends a positive and realistic message about girls and their toys, and her watercolor illustrations, full of pinks and oranges, are endearing.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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