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Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite
Polly and Her Pigtails, written by Debra Sue Latiolais and illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams, is a lovely children’s book about a little girl named Polly. The most important thing to Polly is being the prettiest girl in school, so she loves to wear pretty dresses and wear her beautiful blonde hair in pigtails. Because of something mean that the class bully does to her, and with the help of her mother, Polly soon learns the true meaning of beauty and that beauty is not all about a person’s appearance.
As a mother, an educator, and just a woman in the society we live in, I immediately recognized the importance of the message that Polly and Her Pigtails presents. So many little girls grow up thinking the way they look is what is most important. Teenagers, and even grown women, spend so much time focusing on their outer beauty and forget that it is what is on the inside that matters. The lesson behind this charming story is an essential one that all children need to learn, especially girls. In addition to the crucial message this book teaches, I absolutely adored the story. It may be set in the 1930s, but that just makes this book so unique. The subject is still completely relevant in today’s world, maybe even more so. I also think it is such a great idea for children to see how life was like back then. They will be able to distinguish between certain items of that time compared to our more modern times. And if they can’t, there is a cute and helpful page at the back that explains the different items, such as an inkwell and knickers, which were mentioned in the story. Plus, the illustrations are stunning. Full of vibrant colors and detailed images reminiscent of historical times, children will thoroughly enjoy every picture on every page.
I can’t say enough about this book. I absolutely loved it, and I cannot wait to read it to my daughter as she grows up. Debra Sue Latiolais did a fantastic job in creating such an entertaining story with a very important message. I can’t wait to see more from this incredible author.