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4th Random Act of Publicity: 2011

4th Random Act of Publicity: 2011

I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn: Book Cover

As my 4th random act of publicity this week I am shouting out about Michigan author Boni Ashburn’s I HAD A FAVORITE DRESS. (Illustrated by Julia Denos. Published by Abrams Books.) What a fun and beautiful book for any little girl!

This is a fresh retelling of the old Jewish tale of “The Tailor,” in which a favorite article of clothing (or a blanket) wears out. It keeps getting remade into something smaller that is loved until that, in turn, wears out. And WHAT a GREAT reworking of that pattern this is! Most little girls have a favorite dress, something in which they feel special. Mine was a green and white checked dress that I could twirl around in as it spun out about me.

Boni’s book is perfectly matched by the airy washes and whimsical sketches of Julia Denos. A wonderful pairing—a beautiful book. Go out and buy it—especially if you have a young daughter!

Enjoy!

Shutta

3rd Random Act of Publicity: 2011

3rd Random Act of Publicity: 2011

Another shout out for this week of “Random Acts of Publicity!”  This time for Michigan gal pal, and children’s author (and illustrator), Amy Young.

I just reread her book: BELINDA BEGINS BALLET. It’s a sure-fire hit for any little girl who’s feeling a bit “different.”  In the story, Belinda is tagged to be

a clown for the school talent show, due to her overly large feet. Instead, she amazes them all when she lets her natural grace shine through. Check it out!

(And while you’re at it . . . there are three other Belinda books.)  For all little ballerinas everywhere!

Belinda Begins Ballet

Dance!

Shutta