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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Meet Polka Dot Sue who lives in the town of Zot in a big house in the storybook Polka Dot Sue by Mary Russo. Every morning Polka Dot Sue wonders what to wear and when she steps out she can feel the stares and hear the chatter of the people around her. Polka Dot Sue is not bothered; what bothers her is that her clothes should go with the color of her hair. She has a color for each day of the week and her favorite days of the week are Saturday and Sunday. She walks her dog, Stew, wearing a dress she feels good in and every night before going to bed she says to herself, while looking in the mirror, ‘I am better than best.’
The story radiates happiness, positivity, self-acceptance, and self-confidence and the author gets the message across to readers with a lovable character like Polka Dot Sue. The illustrations are endearing and will help readers connect well with the characters, the story, and the concept. I like the way the author introduces colors to readers and the effect they can have on your mood. Green makes Polka Dot Sue giggle, orange makes her bounce, and yellow mellows her voice. Books like this are recommended for children to introduce them to so many new and interesting things which can have a good effect on their perception of life and living in a fun and interactive way. Everyone can decide on what colors to wear on weekdays. I have decided on mine; what about you?