Tasha is a sweet little girl with quite the doll collection. She has 2 very favorite dolls, Emily-Nicole and Gracie. Emily-Nicole is beautiful and rests in a place of honor upon the bookshelf. Gracie is well worn, missing an arm and sporting a haircut from Tasha. Not exactly what you would call pretty. Gracie however has a place of honor, nestled next to Tasha at night, and resting on her bed by day.
Once Tasha is resting peacefully the dolls come to life, and boy do those 'pretty' girls have a jealousy against Gracie. Emily-Nicole spouts out mean words to Gracie, taunting her about her hair and how she looks, prideful of her own beauty. Gracie sad from the taunting, but knows she is loved dearly by Tasha.
One day Victor the dog comes into Tasha's room while she is at school and knocks into the shelf where Emily-Nicole sits, knocking her to the ground. Not so high and mighty now!
True beauty is in the heart, not the outward prettiness and Kimberly Dana shows this wonderfully to young girls in Pretty Dolls. Being the prettiest or best dressed doesn't gain you more love than being ordinary and simple, it is what is in the character that matters most.
The illustrations are just darling and little girls will love the theme of dolls. It is eye pleasing read, but also contains a fantastic message for young girls fighting their way in a overly glamorized society. Teach them while they are young with this great book Pretty Dolls!
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. You can learn more about Kimberly Dana and her writing at http://kimberlydana.com