Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Agatha by Anna Pignataro - ADVISABLE

Pignataro, Anna.  Agatha.  Little Bee Books (Bonnier Publishing Group), 2015.  $17.99.  PICTURE BOOK.

Agatha has always felt a little different—her dad is bear and her mom is a pig and she’s a mixture of the two.  She starts kindergarten and doesn’t feel like she fits in.  Her preschool teacher explains that like stars and snowflakes, every kid is special in their very own way.  The teacher then asks every child to tell the class what makes them special.  Agatha liked many things, but wasn’t sure what made her special so she hid.  Everyone looked for her and then told her why they thought she was special.   May tells her she special because she’s the best at being Agatha and “No one else is a better Agatha than you!”  Agatha’s uniqueness is brought to life in the illustrations of charcoal shading for faces and bright colors for clothes.  The illustrations are reminiscent of Ian Falconer’s Olivia books.  This book combines an important message with engaging illustrations and is sure to find readers.
Pre-K, EL-ADVISABLE.  Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS.

[There is one difference in the American edition cover.  The word "being" is omitted.]

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