In December, my one and only granddaughter will be a whole big "1" year-old. She is the only lonely girl in a pack of 6 boys - mixture of brothers and cousins, but I am guessing she'll hold her own.
And, I am hoping she is a lover of books like her granny.
Random House recently sent me The Jewel Box Ballerinas by Monique De Varennes & Ana Juan. A beautifully illustrated big picture book with a delightful tale about Bibi - a woman who has two of everything except friends.
Lots of little life lessons tucked into this pretty book with its Pinocchio-like ending. Would be a great gift for any little girl on your Christmas list, especially if you added a real musical jewel box with a little dancing ballerina. (I've never seen one with two ballerinas, though).
Bibi also owns two pugnacious pug pups whose clown-like antics are clever extra bits of humor in the story. Ms. Juan surely has had pugs in her life, her depictions of the funny little dogs are spot on - down to the perfectly curled tails.
I know where my copy of this book is going! Come to think of it, my youngest daughter would love this book, too, for dual reasons - ballerinas AND pugs.
Emily, pretend you didn't read this....