Thursday, December 1, 2016

Frankie the Blankie by Jennifer Sattler- OPTIONAL

Sattler, Jennifer. Frankie the Blankie, BOARD BOOK. Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2016. $7.99. Doris loves her blankie, named Frankie, more than anything else. When an unfriendly rhino tells her she’s a baby for playing with a blankie, she is completely embarrassed. She comes up with all sorts of ways to make it possible to continue to play with Frankie without anyone thinking she is a baby. She pretends it’s a hat, a bandage, a hankie. But each time doesn’t end well. Eventually she convinces all the other animals that Frankie is a puppet and they think her blankie is magnificent. I was so jazzed about this book when I started it. The animals have that roly-poly, giant adorable-eyed illustrative quality, the premise seemed to be spot on, but the ending was so disappointing. I didn’t like that Doris had to convince her friends that Frankie was something that it wasn’t just so that they would accept her. I wanted Doris to be proud of who she was and feel confident enough to be herself and not care what others thought of her. Kids need to see more of that. PRE-K- OPTIONAL. Reviewed by Shay, School Librarian.

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