K-Gr 3Best friends Lisa and Amy both love the color pink. When Lisa gets pink shoes, Amy wants them too, but the store is out, so she settles for a pink lunch box instead. And so it goes, until jealousy and one-upmanship put a strain on their relationship. It is not until the very end that the girls realize that their friendship is their most valuable possession. Carter's softly executed watercolor-and colored-pencil drawings add an element of lightnessand lots of pinkto the story. The plot is predictable, but the text is readable and funny at times. Those libraries in need of beginning-to-read titles will want to consider The Pink Party.Sharron McElmeel, Cedar Rapids Community Schools, IA
Best friends often like the same things, and for Amy and Lisa, it's the color pink. Trouble begins when Amy, who has more things than Lisa, wants to buy pink shoes just like her friend's. Not finding any pink shoes, Amy chooses a pink lunch box instead. As often happens, a not-so-friendly competition fosters hurt feelings and jealousy. The contest for more and better and bigger pink items escalates from a pencil case to a playhouse. When Amy's pink playhouse is finished, the girls decide to give a pink fairy party. But the push to outdo each other in obtaining the best pink fairy costume spoils the fun, and Lisa goes home. Only later do both girls realize that having a friend is more important than anything pink. This beginning chapter book carries a meaningful message with which many youngsters will identify. Carter's lively, wispy watercolor and color-pencil illustrations, in many shades of pink, enhance the story.