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I want them.

I need them.

I love them.

Beautiful earrings.

Glorious earrings.

What's a young girl supposed to do when her mom and dad refuse to let her have her ears pierced? She can argue, she can beg, she can swear that-if only they'll say yes -- she'll be nice to her little brother for one whole year. And whether or not she persuades them, she can find herself in this true and funny tail of a charmingly persistent girl determined to have what she wants and needs and loves: beautiful, glorious earrings for pierced ears.

A young girl uses various arguments to convince her parents to let her have her ears pierced.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Judith Viorst's Earrings!, illus. by Nola Langner Malone, returns as a miniature paper-over-board hardcover, packaged to include a tiny set of pink heart earrings for pierced ears. About the original, published in 1990, PW wrote, "Who has pierced ears, which girls have mothers who won't let them get their ears pierced, who gets to wear dangle earrings and when, are some of the burning questions haunting this picture book's characters." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Pierced ears are often a hot topic with girls: who has pierced ears, which girls have mothers who won't let them get their ears pierced, who gets to wear dangle earrings and when, are some of the burning questions haunting this picture book's characters. The curly-haired protagonist pleads, cajoles and bargains to get pierced ears; she points out that she is the only girl in ``her class, the world or the solar system'' without them. She promises to walk the dog, clean her room, read a book a week for a year and be nice to her little brother if she is only granted her wish. Viorst's tongue-in-cheek style is appropriate to her subject, and she neatly sidesteps the permission issue by ending her farcical tale with the obsessed girl poring over her growing earring collection. Anyone who feels the subject matter is superficial or an example of deteriorating values has forgotten the flaps over miniskirts and Nehru jackets. Ages 6-10. (Sept.)
Children's Literature
This little book has a gift added to the cover. It is a pair of pink heart studs for pierced ears. Because of the chocking hazard it is not recommended for children under three years old. The book opens with three lines, "I want them. I need them. I love them." Thus, a determined young lady of seven or eight years states her desire to own a pair of earrings and mentions all the other people who have them, but her parents say no. They think she is too young. She must be patient. She will clean her room. She'll be nice to her little brother. Earrings are all she wants. Would she like a locket for her birthday? Would she like a charm bracelet? She only wants beautiful, glorious earrings. 2004 (orig. 1990, Atheneum/Simon and Schuster, Ages 4 to 8.
—Eleanor Heldrich
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-- Pierced ears and beautiful earrings are this protagonist's sole desire. She tries everything to convince her parents of the positive results of such acquisitions: her posture will improve and she won't need new clothes. If arguments won't work, there are always tears or promises. The outcome of such exhortations is not known because the situation remains unresolved, but one can count on the persistence of this child. Although not Viorst at her best, she does capture the immediacy of young demands. The girl must have her earrings now, because she is the ``only girl . . . in the solar system'' (not to mention in her multiethnic classroom) who doesn't have pierced ears. Malone's watercolor and ink illustrations depict a curly-haired redhead straining to look in jewelry store windows, imagining herself in various earrings, poring over pictures of sophisticated models, and being very helpful. Her comfortably baggy outfits are accented by her signature hairbow in dazzling colors, but her age seems to fluctuate greatly from page to page. The conflict is authentic, and the humorous illustrations expand the drama and exaggeration of this child's obsession. Parents and youngsters caught in this struggle will recognize themselves, although they won't find any answers in this book. --Jane Saliers, Atlanta-Fulton Pub . Lib .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689716690
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/30/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 66,610
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Viorst was born and brought up in New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers University, moved to Greenwich Village, and has lived in Washington, DC, since 1960, when she married Milton Viorst, a political writer. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. A 1981 graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, Viorst writes in many different areas: science books; children’s picture books—including the beloved Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; adult fiction and nonfiction; poetry for children and adults; and musicals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Do you like funny books? If so, then read Earrings by Judith Vio

    Do you like funny books? If so, then read Earrings by Judith Viorst! The main character is stubborn and hilarious. She made us laugh throughout the whole book. She will do anything for glorious earrings. We loved this book and you will, too! ~Reviewed by Third Graders

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  • Posted November 14, 2008


    A young girl She was very good and the book

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