Finalist for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
Vivi is dizzy with wanting pink. Perfect pink. The kind the rich girls have, beyond the budget for her beloved truck-driver dad.
One day in the window of a fancy toy store she sees something that embodies everything she longs for -- a bride doll in a dress of perfect glistening pink. Vivi wants it more than anything. She saves and saves to buy the doll, walking the next-door dog and running errands for the neighbors. But when she takes her parents to show them the precious doll, she experiences a crushing disappointment.
A touching story about longing for something beyond reach and finding something better close to home.
Nan Gregory is an award-winning author and professional storyteller. She won the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award for Wild Girl and Gran and the Shelia A. Egoff Prize and the Mr. Christie's Award for How Smudge Came, both illustrated by Ron Lightburn. She lives with her family in Vancouver.
LUC MELANSON won a Governor General’s Literary Award for illustrating The Grand Journey of Mr. Man by Gilles Tibo. He has illustrated many books, including Rosario’s Fig Tree by Charis Wahl. Book of Big Brothers by Cary Fagan and Pink by Nan Gregory were both finalists for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award. Luc lives in Laval, Quebec, with his family.
Gregory writes with precision and creates apt, sometimes surprising phrases that capture the characters' feelings...Written with subtlety and tenderness but not a whiff of sentimentality, this picture book quietly depicts Viv's intense longing and, when it cannot be fulfilled, the unexpected satisfaction that she finds instead.
There have been a variety of books lately about young girls' love of the pink and fancy...but this one is unusual both in its deft and fluid prose and in its acknowledgment of the underlying meaning of the fuchsia fantasy...[Pink] offers youngsters a thoughtful context for their dreams of possibilities beyond their grasp, and their sympathy for Vivi may help them stretch to understanding her finding of a non-pink satisfaction.
...this one is unusual both in its deft and fluid prose and in its acknowledgement of the underlying meaning of the fuchsia fantasy...offers youngsters a thoughtful context for their dreams of possibilities beyond their grasp...
...a tale that will capture adults and children alike...
Once in awhile a book comes along that just melts your heart-and not because it is full of puppies...Rather, it stops you in your tracks because it cuts right to the heart of childhood pain. This is one of those books, especially if you grew up in a family where resources were sometimes outpaced by desire...[It] is very nice (and much rarer) to see a book that holds the other side with such sensitivity and grace...one of my favorite books of the year.
...tough yet tender story...written with poetic precision and illustrated with charm and verve.
...Melanson's bold and colourful illustrations capture the longing, disappointment and ultimate contentment of the child in this story. Pink has a positive message for any young child...
...glorious colour as well as content...
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