Alaina and the Great Play

Alazar Pr. May 2021. 32p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781733686525.
K-Gr 2–Alaina is very excited about the play at school. Even though she’s only in kindergarten, she has a speech at the end. She’s been practicing so she knows exactly what to say, but she also adds some sparkle that everyone loves. In this exuberant story, the oil paintings are stellar. Each picture of Alaina is so realistic and so joyful, she almost leaps off the page. Her loving and supportive community is so clearly articulated that readers will recognize the types of people on every page: her classmates, her mother, her working father, teachers. Every picture is beautifully rendered and full of loving details.
VERDICT Joy packaged up in a picture book, ready for readers to enjoy again and again.

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