AGERANGE: Ages 8 to 12.
Easter books for older, emergent readers are few and far between. Fry fills this gap with a gentle story of forgiveness, honesty and understanding among best friends. We begin in the kitchen, as Holly, Carrie and Amy are busy decorating eggs for the annual Easter egg hunt before they go to a movie. Amy is the most creative one of the three, and she believes her eggs have to be just perfect. She finally finishes in time for the movie, but there is not enough time for her to move them from the table to dry completely. After the movie, Holly rushes into the kitchen; without thinking, she places her backpack on the kitchen table. As expected, Amy's eggs are crushed. Holly's younger brother, Kyle, offers no encouragement, knowing how embarrassed she feels about the accident, although she is too embarrassed to confess to Amy. In fact, she may not have had to confess at all, except for Kyle's comment during the hunt that the eggs didn't look so bad once they were pieced together. With her artistic ego bruised, Amy takes off on her bicycle, hurt by her friends' deception. Good friends cannot stay angry with each other for long, and once Holly realizes her mistake and apologizes, the rift has been mended with everyone best friends again. The predicament is a common one--how to fix something without hurting anyone's feelings or admitting you were the reason something is broken. This book in the "Holly Hobbie & Friends" series proves that honesty is the best policy and shows a mature way to deal with a less-than-mature incident. After all, accidents do happen to everyone. Reviewer: Elizabeth Young