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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Zoey Gets Ready, written and illustrated by Bethanie Deeney Murguia. Scholastic, 2012. $18.99 ages 3 and up

"I might have a twirling day,
a dizzy, whirling day.
I'll spin and spin till I'm as
light as a feather.

On the other hand...."

This one is definitely for those little girls who love to have a say in what they dress up as the spirit moves them and hang what anyone else thinks!

Zoe is pretty amenable throughout the week, as she attends school, takes part in sports, and falls victim to changing weather. When Saturday comes, she gets to have a say. Sometimes, it is tough to determine just which spirit is moving her!

Of course, she's not sure about the kind of day she will have and she uses her imagination to guess.
It might be a pocket day, and that would mean a chance to collect all manner of special objects to be stored in said pockets. Should she decide she wants to twirl, she would have to choose a totally different outfit. It would be one with a swirly skirt to encourage running in circles and watching it billow to all sides. 'On the other hand', she might want to cartwheel and that means something a little more decorous! Oh boy, such a tough decision.

How does a girl choose?

The text speaks to the independence in all of us, and the serious business of making personal choices. It takes a concentrated effort to think of all the scenarios that might occur during a free Saturday. Zoe has a fertile imagination and her many choices will delight a young audience. The embossed sparkly cover adds an element of glitz, while the ever changing scenes allow a child to join in the imagining. The bright watercolors, the varied perspectives and the constant motion will have the target audience poring over every detail. Sure to be a hit with those testing independence and wanting a say in their daily attire, and it's a fun story to read over and over again.

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