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Children's LiteratureWhen Lindsay is invited to her Aunt Fiona's snazzy party, she wants to go, but has a problem. She never ever wears a dress, but her mother insists she has to for this party. At Miss Beeline's Girls' Shop, Lindsay looks at all kinds of dresses she thinks are silly. But then she sees an amazing dress, with a parrot in a flowering tree on it, and a tag that says "Made in Bora-Bora for you." She agrees to take it home. Aunt Fiona tells her that Bora-Bora is an island in the South Seas, with flowering trees, winking parrots, and "people who make wonderful things." At the party, as Lindsay dances, even sings, the dress seems to come alive with magic. She has done everything "the best" at the party in the dress she feels was made especially for her. Bright watercolors and elongated figures create the spirited, dreamy quality of Lindsay's transformation—temporary perhaps—from tomboy to young lady. A large, elegant typeface and lots of white background also contribute to the twirling emotional "swish/swoosh" of the visual narrative. The dress is truly magical enough to set anyone dancing. 2005, Candlewick Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz