________________ CM . . . . Volume XII Number 6 . . . . November 10, 2005

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Bright Red Kisses.

Teresa Toten. Illustrated by Deirdre Betteridge.
Toronto, Annick Press, 2005.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $8.95 (pbk.), $19.95 (lib. bnd.).
ISBN 1-55037-908-9 (pbk.), ISBN 1-55037-909-7 (lib. bnd.).

Subject Headings:
Mother and daughters-Juvenile fiction.
Clothing and dress-Juvenile fiction.

Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 3-6.

Review by Helen Norrie.

** /4

excerpt:

 

In the back of Mommy's closet

the fancy dresses sleep. I wake them up and shake them up I love to watch them leap. Like a thousand fluttering rainbows the colors float and fly. The stockings run and whisper.

The silk scarves softly sigh.

 

Bright Red Kisses is very much a "girl's book." It is the story of a little girl who helps her mother get ready for a party, from trying on her shoes to picking out her lipstick. When her mother finally departs for her party, she leaves the little girl with "bright red kisses." I found the book a little too “sweet," or, in other words, a bit saccharine. However, some little girls might find the whole idea enchanting, and there are some amusing pictures, as when her mother is covered with oatmeal and cold cream due to the little girl's enthusiastic attentions. The pictures, in fact, by Deirdre Betteridge of Whitby, ON, are one of the best parts of this picture book. They are whimsical and light and carry the text forward effortlessly.

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Teresa Toten from Toronto is a young adult novelist and
a children's book reviewer. Her rhyming text does not always scan smoothly, but it has some clever rhymes: "lotion" and "potion" for example.

Possibly Bright Red Kisses might appeal to little girls who like to dress up or to mothers who enjoy letting their daughters participate in the fun of getting ready for a party.







Recommended with reservations.

A former teacher-librarian, Helen Norrie writes a monthly column, “Children's Books” for the Winnipeg Free Press.

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