Birdie's Big-Girl Dress

Birdie's Big-Girl Dress

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by Sujean Rim

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That night, Birdie dreamed of dresses--
fluttery floral sundresses...
lovely lace sheaths...
chic chiffon gowns...

In this follow-up to Birdie's Big-Girl Shoes, our favorite pint-sized fashionista is looking forward to a very BIG day--her birthday. But when Birdie tries on her favorite party dress, she realizes that - oh no! - it's


That night, Birdie dreamed of dresses--
fluttery floral sundresses...
lovely lace sheaths...
chic chiffon gowns...

In this follow-up to Birdie's Big-Girl Shoes, our favorite pint-sized fashionista is looking forward to a very BIG day--her birthday. But when Birdie tries on her favorite party dress, she realizes that - oh no! - it's too small. Mommy takes her to the boutique, where she tries on dress after dress, but Birdie realizes that none of these gowns will allow her to run and jump, make messes, and eat cake. Only when she takes a trip up to her favorite thinking place, the attic, does she realize that all it takes to find the perfect "Birdie dress" is a little imagination.

Editorial Reviews

Pamela Paul
…Rim's exuberantly colorful illustrations provide just the combination of pretty, quirky and cute that first-grade girls like. And the message about recycling and self-expression is as welcome as a heaping bag of Mini Boden hand-me-downs.
—The New York Times
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—When Birdie discovers she has outgrown her favorite dress, her mother takes her shopping for something new to wear to her birthday party. She tries on many beautiful frocks, but nothing feels right to her. Back home, Birdie explores the attic and finds a treasure trove of stylish outfits that had belonged to her grandparents. She and her dog piece together the perfect retro outfits—just in time to greet her friends. Birdie, whose eye for glamorous fashion was introduced in Birdie's Big-Girl Shoes (Little, Brown, 2009), is a cheerful child with a sleekly sophisticated mother who supports her daughter's exuberant spirit. The bright watercolor and collage illustrations of flamboyant clothing and colorful props are set against uncluttered white pages, evoking a tactile quality. This is an imaginative read that may encourage children to experiment with their own sense of fashion.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Kirkus Reviews

A young fashionista finds the perfect fit.

Birdie steps away from trendy footwear (Birdie's Big-Girl Shoes, 2009) when she realizes her too-snug party dress simply won't do. This birthday girl models an array of choices at the nearby boutique ("fabulously frilly sundress," "lacy sheath" and "gauzy gown" included) but none feel "just like her." A return trip home and up the attic stairs reveals eclectic finery to suit the event—and her personality to boot. It's refreshing that Birdie's posh mom (her elongated figure emphasizes each sophisticated move) is far from rigid; this supportive parent encourages her daughter's mismatched ensemble, a hodgepodge of her grandpa's vest and bow-tie with flowing, boldly pattered skirt and whimsical, floral head-piece. As Birdie shimmies into each potentially restrictive outfit, Rim's illustrations capture each half-hearted shrug and sucked-in breath. Collage and watercolor accents lend a sensory feel to chromatic, textured design, though it's a pity the narration does not match the illustrations' or its subject's exuberance. The inclusion of Birdie's friends appears as an afterthought, but canine companion Monster remains a supportive secondary choice, dressed to the nines in his top hat to rave reviews ("Monster felt so... dapper!").

A modest call to individuality. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
Birdie Series
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
AD560L (what's this?)
File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

SUJEAN RIM is the illustrator behind the popular DailyCandy website and is known for her signature watercolor art style. Originally a shoe and accessory designer, Sujean has been commissioned for her illustrations by a wide variety of clients, including Tiffany & Co, Barneys NY, and Target. This book is a follow-up to her first children's book, BIRDIE'S BIG GIRL SHOES, featuring this same beloved character. She has also designed numerous book covers and has illustrated two books by the editors of DailyCandy. Sujean lives with her husband, Bob, in New York.

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Birdie's Big-Girl Dress 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific activities and interactive content! Encourages play. I feel that this ebook should cost a little less given the age range, however. I have no issue spending 10-15 on adult ebooks, but kids content is so fleeting! If every children's ebook cost this much, I'd go broke! If you do feel like indulging your daughter though, you will not be disappointed with the story or content of this title.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a sweet and beautiful book that encourages us all to be creative and ourselves. I was first attracted to the book for the illustrations--it is refreshingly not a typical pink and glittery girl book, then this became my daughters favorite .We read it almost every night.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rita V for Readers Favorite Birdie's Big-Girl Dress is a delightfully written children's book by Sujean Rim. Birdie's birthday party is tomorrow, and she is so thrilled about her big party; but when she tries on her favorite party dress, she finds it is too small for her. Birdie's mom says they'll go shopping tomorrow to get a new dress, and Birdie is overjoyed. Tomorrow comes, and Birdie has a difficult time finding that perfect dress for her special day. She walks out of the store empty handed and depleted. It is up to Birdie to find her creative side and to use her imagination to come up with the perfect "Birdie" party dress. Can she find one on time, and will it fit? Sujean Rim certainly has a unique talent in writing children's books. I absolutely adore the beautifully painted illustrations done by Liz Casal. Each page is filled with vibrant colors which make it exciting and fun to read. The story is easy for children to comprehend and the plot flows smoothly. My 8-year-old daughter read this book with me; she told me that this is one of her very favorite books that she has EVER read, and she is a tough critic! She loved looking through all of the picturesque and gorgeous dresses and was eager to read the words that went with the amazing illustrations. She also sat and viewed each page for a long while just enjoying the illustrations and taking it all in. It is every little girl's dream to own such a pretty dress, and I highly recommend this book for all young girls. Sujean Rim is truly a genius at writing such a fun children's book that overflows with excitement and bright imagery.