On Polka-dot's first day of kindergarten, her handy grandfather gives her a fix-it kit of her own, which includes duct tape, soap, and bandages. At school, Polka-dot gains an adversary: Liz (a fan of stripes) makes fun of her polka-dotted clothes and points out when Polka-dot makes a mess. But as the tension between the girls rises ("Your mouth is mean, mean, mean," Polka-dot tells Liz), a mishap gives Polka-dot a chance to use her kit to help Liz and forge an unexpected friendship. Kemble's watercolors telegraph the girls' fluctuating emotions as they navigate a new experience. Ages 4–7. (July)
Reviewed on: 05/23/2011 Release date: 07/01/2011 Genre: Children's
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