A Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 2019
A warm-hearted homeless woman finds a home
From its humorous opening through its sad midpoint and uplifting end, Miss Pinkeltink’s story shines a light on humanity. This story with children as agents of positive change reminds us again that communities are best known by their treatment of the disadvantaged among them.
"Rosy-cheeked and quite antique, Miss Pinkeltink / carried everything but the kitchen sink. / Her purse was so big that it dragged on the floor. / When she rode on the bus it got stuck in the door."
Generous and eccentric, Miss Pinkeltink fills her huge purse with everything from a toilet plunger to roller skates, and then gives it all away. She offers tape to fix a flat tire and a bone to a kitty: Miss Pinkeltink’s gifts never quite hit the mark, / but she gave what she had, and she gave from the heart. And then, with nothing left to give or to shelter herself, she huddles on a park bench, trying to sleep in the rain. And that’s where Zoey sees her from her bedroom window and knows that something must be done.
About the Author
BROZO (Green Valley, AZ and Traverse City, MI) has been writing stories for and about children since taking creative writing classes in college. She is the author of Miss Pinkeltink’s Purse and The Buddy Bench.
ANA OCHOA lives in Mexico and learned the art of children’s book illustration from M. Claude Lapointe at
L’Ecole Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in France. Her illustrations for Storms in a Bottled Sea were selected for the Illustrators Exhibition in Bologna in 1997. Her work has been exhibited in Japan, Taiwan, New Delhi, Bratislava, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico. She has worked for major publishing houses in Mexico, Spain, and the United States. Her book The Chocolate Boywith its main character a little Haitian boy who is subjected to discrimination and ignorance in a foreign landwas published in 2010 by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Isn't Miss Pinkeltink the cutest rotund little old lady (homeless old lady) you have ever seen? As she wanders around carrying her purse she gathers all kinds of stuff. Stuff she shares or tries to use to help others. She was a bumbling mess with her oversized bag of stuff; but she was a caring, giving person, too. As a young children's story book the pictures and rhyming story or text are really great. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the rhyming story about Miss Pinkeltink. The opportunity to share with children the fact of homelessness and how they have no place to escape the cold and rain or to put their stuff is superbly presented. There is even some information about homelessness and action groups in the back pages materials. I do, however, believe that while young children should be educated to the plight of homelessness of all types and ages of individuals, they also need to be made aware that all are not sweet little old ladies like Miss Pinkeltink. So the child should be made to understand that he or she should love and care for the homeless. They should provide what they are able to provide for the care and help of homeless individuals. But that they should also exercise care, be cautious, and go through the directions and support of a trusted adult. I recommend this book but, as pointed out, stress that care of interpretation should be exercised. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from MMPublicity on behalf of Tilbury House Publisher to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.