Aloha for Carol Ann

Margo Sorenson, illus. by Priscilla Garcia Burris. Kensington/Marimba, $8.95 paper (32p) ISBN 978-1-60349-027-6
In this story of starting at a new school and making friends, not even a beautiful Hawaiian setting can conquer Carol Ann's unhappiness about her current situation: "She didn't want fluffy, pink flowers. Yuck! She didn't want warm trade winds. Nuh-Uh!" But with the support of her new teacher and her unfailingly friendly classmates, Carol Ann is soon saying "Aloha" with the rest of them. Though Carol Ann's transition is a bit too smooth, the book should prove reassuring to children in similar situations—even those in far less exciting locales. Burris's cheery cartoons, if somewhat generic, fit both the setting and the message. Ages 3–7. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/02/2011
Release date: 04/01/2011
Genre: Children's
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