cover image Pink: A Women’s March Story

Pink: A Women’s March Story

Virginia Zimmerman, illus. by Mary Newell DePalma. Running Press, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-7624-7389-2

Knit pink caps dot the pages of this picture book, which marks the fifth anniversary of the 2017 Women’s March. A first-person narrative delivers the lead-up to the initial march through the eyes of Lina, who learns to knit as her grandmother works up protest hats for the whole family. Along the way, the light-skinned figures discuss the reasons for the march (“Sometimes the men in charge disrespect women and make us feel small. But we are not small,” Zimmerman writes), while the appearance of a family cat hints at, but does not contextualize, the term flipped on its head by participants (“Pussycat! Pussyhat!”). A strand of pink yarn winds through DePalma’s collages, which employ textiles, speech bubbles, and multidimensional vignettes with a handmade feel. Depictions of the variously inclusive crowd, protest signs, and a sea of pink hats combine with Lina’s observations to re-create the event in this intergenerational story of female empowerment. Ages 4–8. (Jan.)