MINNIE SAVES THE DAY: THE ADVENTURES OF MINNIE by Melodye Benson Rosales (Little Brown, 2001). Dolls come to life in this new hardcover chapter book series with lovely color interior illustrations. The story has cross-cultural appeal but is also the rare fantasy in an African American family and community. It also works as a window to Chicago's Bronzeville community in the 1930s, where the story is set. Ages 5-9.I'll have to check this out. Some of my nieces have probably moved beyond the picture books that we purchase for them, and would especially enjoy this early chapter series!
See also: Minnie's Risky Rescue and Minnie's Haunted Halloween.
Monday, May 29, 2006
On the subject of books for children of color, Cynthia Leitich Smith piqued my interest in a new chapter book series. Here, she comments: