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Big red lollipop (edition 2010)

by Rukhsana Khan, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)

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Member:AnnaMoody
Title:Big red lollipop
Authors:Rukhsana Khan
Other authors:Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
Info:New York, N.Y. : Viking, c2010.
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:easy; prek-3; diversity; siblings; maturing; fairness

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Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan

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Summary- Rubina is excited to tell her mother she got her first invite to a birthday party. Her mother says she can go but demands she take her younger sister. Her younger sister takes her lollipop from the party but she ends up getting one back years later when she goes to her own birthday party.

Personal Reaction- This book is very relatable because I have two younger sisters. My mother would always make me bring them with me because we were only two years apart.

Classroom Extension Ideas- 1. Discuss siblings and make a graph of brothers versus sisters in the class 2. Act out the story and create different endings
  LaceyL | Mar 20, 2017 |
I liked this book for three reasons. First, the illustrations were entertaining and each action described through the text was shown in a matching illustration. For example, on pages 16 and 17 Rubina is chasing Sana around the house because Sana has eaten her lollipop. The dialogue reads, "Quick as a rat, she scoots through my legs and runs around and around the living room, the dining room, the kitchen, yelling, "Ami! Ami! Help! Help!" The illustration covers both pages and shows most of the house. Throughout the picture, you can see Rubina chasing Sana through each area of the house with black streaks trailing behind the girls to show their motion. In the illustrations, you can see the action as well as the emotion on both girls' faces. Rubina has an angry look on her face and Sana looks frightened. Next, I enjoyed the plot of the story as it promotes acceptance and deals with the common problem of jealousy between siblings as they grow up. Rubina was embarrassed by the fact that she had to bring her little sister Sana to a party. Rubina believed that bringing Sana to the party caused her not to be invited to any more parties that year. When Sana was faced with a similar situation, Rubina urged her mother to let Sana attend the party without their youngest sister. Rubina wanted to save Sana the embarrassment that she felt. Lastly, the writing in "Big Red Lollipop" was paced well and engaging. The pages did not seem cluttered and the action described in the text of each page fits perfectly with the illustrations. For example, two pages show a conversation between Sana and Rubina. The text reads, "Sana runs to the fridge and brings back the triangle stuck to the stick. "Look! I didn't eat all of your lollipop! I left the triangle for you!" This bit of dialogue is preceded by a picture of Sana handing the lollipop to Rubina. Under this bit of text is another illustration with a short line of dialogue that follows. The broken up writing gives the reader time to visualize the action even without the illustrations that tell the story. The underlying message of this book is one of self-sacrifice and empathy. Rubina did not want Sana to go through the embarrassment she felt so she stuck up for Sana when she was faced with the same problem of bringing her little sister to a friend's party. Instead of being spiteful and allowing Sana to deal with a similar fate, Rubina stepped in and saved her from the embarrassment. ( )
  gregclemens | Mar 12, 2017 |
Big Red Lollipop is a fun, enjoyable book that utilizes believable, common, and interesting characters to provide a relatable story that rings true and powerful. The story describes a young girl and her desire to go to a party with friends. When she asks to go to the party, she is annoyed by the idea of being forced to take her younger sister with her. After the conflict and the party, the sister reconciles and the younger sister learns to let her older sister have her fun without trying to tag along.
These characters and the entire story rely on believable, relatable characters. If the characters are not authentic then the entire plot renders itself ineffective. The two girls, Rubina, Sana, and their mother Ami are a believable family that emotionally respond to the conflict in a very authentic way. When their mother forces Rubina to bring Sana to the birthday party, Rubina is mortified and adamantly disagrees. The younger sister Sana is very believable as she comes to the party and effectively ruins Rubina’s time and fun but eventually realizes her mistakes and apologizes. The big idea of this story involves family and the common conflicts that arise between siblings and parents. ( )
  khanes1 | Mar 11, 2017 |
I believe that the "Big Red Lollipop" is a great multicultural book that addresses the different traditions in other countries. I enjoyed the plot because it is informative to all children. The story is about a muslim family who is not used to celebrating birthday parties. The daughter comes home with an invitation to a birthday party. After having to explain to her mom what a birthday party is, Rubina is forced to take her sister to the party with her. Without knowing the proper invitation etiquette of American birthday parties, Rubina's mother forces her to take her sister to every party she is invited to. When Rubina stopped receiving party invitations, she sees her sister bring home an invitation. When her mother wanted her sister to take her sisters to the party, Rubina told her that she shouldn't have to and her mother accepted Rubina's opinion. This book shows kids the difference in traditions from different countries and religions. The book is a great multicultural book with a balance of humor and serious content. I also enjoyed the point of view of the book because it allows the reader to know Rubina's feelings towards her traditions. For example, Rubina was able to express inside that she was being looked at differently because she had to take her sister to her party because her mom doesn't understand the tradition of birthday parties. The overall message of the story is that everyone is different and different countries have different traditions. ( )
  mmilde1 | Mar 6, 2017 |
Realistic Fantasy
Review: Rubina is invited to a birthday party, but has to take her little sister, and she ruins everything for Rubina. Later, her little sister is invited to a party and has to take the youngest sister. Rubina tells there mother not to make her take their youngest sister to the party.
Critique: This is a good realistic fiction because it teaches how siblings should treat each other when they do something they are unhappy with. It is also a good fantasy because it shows that children are to be respectful of adults. ( )
  lbenfield15 | Mar 1, 2017 |
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Having a tag along younger sister isn't Rubina's ideal situation for her birthday party.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670062871, Hardcover)

Rubina has been invited to her first birthday party, and her mother, Ami, insists that she bring her little sister along. Rubina is mortified, but she can?t convince Ami that you just don?t bring your younger sister to your friend?s party. So both girls go, and not only does Sana demand to win every game, but after the party she steals Rubina?s prized party favor, a red lollipop. What?s a fed-up big sister to do?

Rukhsana Khan?s clever story and Sophie Blackall?s irresistible illustrations make for a powerful combination in this fresh and surprising picture book.

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Having to take her younger sister along the first time she is invited to a birthday party spoils Rubina's fun, and later when that sister is asked to a party and baby sister wants to come, Rubina must decide whether to help.

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