Copyright © December 2011
It has been a long time since I had children of the age of this book’s targeted reader. So, I am not sure I am completely qualified to write my essay on it, but if this book had been available to me when I was reading to my children, I would have read this to them.
The book is targeted for middle school readers.
Not being an educator, I cannot attest to its appropriateness for that age group. I think it is properly targeted, but I am not sure. What I am sure of is that this book is a perfect “bed time read along” for a parent and a child just learning to read. When asked what advice I have for young parents, I always say to read to your children. Take the time to sit and read with them. It is better for them and it is better for you. This book is an excellent choice for that type of reading.
Since I do understand the dynamics of reading to and with a pre-reader,
on that basis, I give the book five stars all the way around. It is a book for children. It is not a techno-thriller. Its language and plot structure are appropriate for the middle school audience it was intended to serve, but it is even better as a “read-along” opportunity. On that basis I give it five stars.
The book tells the story of a blind girl who works washing pets for a living. A visiting princess in need of a dancer for her performance in the annual social drafts the pet washer for the role because she is the right size and has deep rich red hair. While much of the rest of the plot is predictable to an adult, this is not intended for adults. It is intended for children and, it seems to me to be perfectly appropriate.