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Big red lollipop by Rukhsana Khan

Big red lollipop (edition 2010)

by Rukhsana Khan, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)

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

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Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan



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I had mixed feeling about this book after reading it. One main reason I liked this book was because of its illustrations. The author created the illustrations to match the text on each page. For example, on one page, it describes the two sisters Rubina and Sana are at the party playing games. Sana falls during musical chairs and starts crying. The pictures show all the girls on chairs except Sana who is on the floor crying. But I didn’t like this book because it doesn’t really give me a clear big idea/ message. The big idea/message could be several ideas. The first being that not everyone understands our culture and how it works. For example, when Rubina, the main character, comes home and tells her mom that she got invited to a birthday party, her little sister Sana wants to go. Rubina keeps telling her mom she can’t go but her mom doesn’t understand why Sana can’t go to the party. Rubina tries to explain to her mom, that that’s not how our culture works. But her mom makes Rubina take her little sister anyways. Another message could be that, we have to help our family. At the end, Sana gets invited to a birthday party and her youngest sister Maryam wants to go. The mom tells her to take her sister till Rubina steps up and tells her not to make Sana take her little sister to the party. Then again, the message could be that no matter what, family loves each other at the end of the day. When Rubina and Sana go to the party, they get a little party favor and it has a big lollipop in it. Sana eats hers but Rubina saves hers but Sana finds it. Sana ends up eating Rubina’s and Rubina is very upset with her. But then when Sana goes to the party, she gets a party favor and it’s a big green lollipop but gives it to Rubina. ( )
  kmassa3 | Feb 12, 2017 |
Great story about sisters and a family from another culture learning about how Americans celebrate birthday's. The ink and watercolor illustrations by Sophie Blackall are absolutely lovely and wonderfully detailed. My favorite part of the book is the overall message of family and that, while life has difficult situations, siblings are a special relationship. It also shows the maturity of the sister, instead of feeling like everything has to be "fair" all the time, she learns real love and compassion and ultimately how to be friends with her little sister.
  kannefarmer | Dec 5, 2016 |
Genre: Picture book 1

The story is about a little girl named Rubina who gets invited to a birthday party. She is excited until her mother makes her take her little sister. After causing much trouble at the party and eating her coveted lollipop, Rubina's friends no longer invite her to birthday parties. Not long after, her little sister gets invited to a birthday party and their mother tells her she must bring the youngest sister. After much pleading with her mother, Rubina steps in and tells her mother than she shouldn't make Sana bring their sister.

Review: Firstly, I celebrate any book that introduces children to different cultures. I am uncertain of what culture this family is tied to, but Ami is drawn with a hijab and the family does not know about the concept of birthday parties. While this book doesn't center around their culture, it's still good to normalize differences in the way people live their lives, including how they look.
I think the message of this book centers around kindness and forgiveness. Rubiana knew she should be the bigger person, teaching children that revenge is not the best policy. Rubina was the bigger person in this situation and showed kindness to her sister even though she didn't need to.

I think this book could be read in the classroom to lead a discussion on kinds and being the bigger person. I think this also leaves room for a "what would you do?" question, making the children really think about their actions and how they have the ability to help or hurt the ones they love.
  ahle | Dec 3, 2016 |
Rubina is invited to a birthday party but her mom doesn't understand what it is because they came from Pakistan. The mom makes her bring her little sister to the party and she basically ruins it. Due to this, Rubina is no longer invited to birthday parties for a long time. Years later her little sister is invited to a bday party and the mother says that she has to bring her little sister. Rubina decides to be nice and tells the mom that her sister should go by her self.
  CNealon | Dec 2, 2016 |
Use: This book could be used for a think aloud, showing one of the essential literacy strategies: for example, questioning! It is also a great book about friendship and families. It could also be used to show a bit of the Arabian culture.
Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Media: Colored Pencil
  anine14 | Nov 23, 2016 |
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:44 -0400)

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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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