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Children's LiteratureIsabelle Ashley Parker McBride is a girl who loves to make a statement. She extravagantly coordinates her costume to her occupation of the moment, from wearing something bedecked with a fried egg for a trip to the diner, to a bread-topped hat out to feed the ducks. Isabelle Ashley is thrilled when she receives an invitation to be a flower girl at Dora's wedding. There is only one problem, Isabelle Ashley has to wear the standard flower girl attire, just like all the other flower girls. In despair, she seeks out the advice of similarly flamboyant Aunt Savannah who teaches Isabelle Ashley that there is a time and a place to stand out. Isabelle Ashley is an engaging heroine and the book's illustrations are light and whimsical. At first the book's message bothered me a bit, but after some rumination, it seems a good one. Most girl books that attract me have at their core, a message of empowerment, but this book is subtler, dealing with figuring out when conformity is okay and the appropriate situations in which to express your own style. 2005, Carolrhoda Books, Ages 5 to 8.