Book review: Polka Dots for Poppy, by Amy Schwartz

Schwartz, Amy. Polka Dots for Poppy. Holiday House, 2016. $16.95. ISBN 9780823434312. 32 pages. Ages 4-8 years.  P8 Q8

Poppy and her three sisters go shopping for clothes. The three sisters find clothes they want, but Poppy is unable to find clothes with polka dots. The others sisters are happy and try to interest Poppy in other things. Poppy is the only one to not get clothes at the store. At night, the sisters get up and draw polka dots on some of Poppy’s clothes. Poppy is happy with her “new” clothes. In the end, all the sisters are happy. The illustrations are fun and colorful.

Verdict: This picture book emphasizes perspective taking and empathy. It also affirms individuality, since all the sisters like different things. The book evoked feelings of empathy for Poppy and wishing that she would be able to find what she wanted. I liked the fact that the author didn’t have Poppy cry, whine or throw a fit when she didn’t get what she wanted. The book lends to a discussion about how Poppy felt, how students would feel is they were her and how her sisters showed her kindness.  I recommend this book for classroom libraries and elementary school libraries.

December 2016 review by Tami Harris.


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