________________ CM . . . . Volume XVI Number 4. . . .September 25, 2009

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Wanda’s Freckles.

Barbara Azore. Illustrated by Georgia Graham.
Toronto, ON: Tundra Books, 2009.
24 pp., hardcover, $21.99.
ISBN 978-0-88776-862-0.

Preschool-grade / Ages 3-7.

Review by Reesa Cohen.

*** /4

Reviewed from f&g’s.

   

Wanda’s back! And many loyal fans will be delighted that this rambunctious young heroine is involved in another zany adventure. This one focuses on her once-loved freckles.

Her three-year-old cousin Myles, who sometimes muddles his words, called them sparkles.

Her mother said the sun brought them because Wanda had very fair skin.

Wanda like her freckles. They made her feel special. No one else in school had as many freckles as he did.

internal art      But an encounter with several boys at the park, who laugh and make fun of her “freckles smeckles,” sets Wanda on a mission to rid herself of these annoying spots. Her efforts include lipstick, paint and whitening toothpaste. The results are predictable and bring her to the realization that she liked herself “just the way she was.”

     The dynamic duo of Azore and Graham have once again successfully collaborated to bring another Wanda escapade to life. As in Wanda and the Wild Hair and Wanda and the Frogs, the story is humorously depicted in bright, colourful chalk pastels. Bold double-paged illustrations are fun to peruse a second and third time because the cartoon-like drawings depict the bullies in such an exuberant and exaggerated fashion. Wanda’s playful solutions and her mother’s reaction are wonderfully expressive and add to the story’s charm.

     Wanda’s Freckles is perfect for a read-aloud. Many young readers will identify with Wanda’s conflicting feelings about her freckles and being the object of teasing. Classroom teachers can use this title effectively to promote a discussion on self-acceptance and could use the dedication page of the author/illustrator to advance the core message of this book.

Recommended.

Reesa Cohen is a retired Instructor of Children’s Literature and Information Literacy at the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB.

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