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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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Rubina is excited because she has been invited to her first birthday party. Her mother, Ami, insists that she take her little sister, Sana with her to the the party. Rubina refuses to take Sana with her, because she knows that her friends will laugh at her for taking her little sister. At the party, Sana demands to win every game and cries every time she falls. On their way home, Sana discovers a big red lollipop inside a candy bag that was given to them at the party. Sana being the little sister that she is, eats all of her candy that same night, while Rubina saves her big red lollipop for later. Rubina wakes up the next day and realizes that her little sister, Sana, ate her lollipop. From that day on Rubina does not get any more party invitations. One day Sana comes home with a party invitation and her little sister, Maryam, wants to go to. What will Sana do?
Critique:
I loved "Big Red Lollipop!" I have an older sister and I know that she hated me, because I always had to tag along whenever she went out with her friends. I didn't beg to go along, but my mom forced me to go with her so I can keep an eye on what she was doing. I am sure that many children will be able to relate to this story. I also liked that the illustrations are very realistic and they do a great job in portraying what is going on in the story. Plus they draw attention to the family's culture.
Classroom prompts:
I would use this book to as a read aloud to discuss cultural differences. In the book, the mother does not know what a birthday party is.
For discussion students can talk about: "At the end of the story why did Sana give Rubina a green lollipop?"
  janetfuentes | Sep 20, 2016 |
Rubina is very excited because she's invited to her first birthday party ever. Rubina asks Ami if she can go and Rubina's younger sister, Sana, screams, "I want to go too!" Ami tells her yes, but she has to take Sana. Rubina is horrified because Sana wasn't invited to the birthday party. Rubina and Sana go to the birthday party and they both get big red lollipops. Sana eats her lollipop and Rubina saves hers for the morning. Rubina is furious because she discovers that Sana ate her lollipop when she wakes up in the morning. Rubina doesn't get invited to any more birthday party for a long time. One day, Sana asks Ami if she can go to a birthday party and her little sister, Maryam, is screaming, "I want to go too!" Ami tells Sana that she has to take Maryam. Rubina tells Ami that she shouldn't make Sana take Maryam to the party. Sana goes to the party by herself and brings Rubina a big green lollipop and they were friends.

I liked the book because it makes you realize how different families around the world are.

Ask students why Rubina doesn't want to take Sana to the birthday party. After Sana eats Rubina's lollipop, ask students what happened to the lollipop. Also ask students if that tells them anything about Sana. When Sana gets invited to the birthday party and Ami tells her that it would only be fair if she takes Maryam, ask students what might happen if Sana takes Maryam to the party.

Have students use textual from the text to write about how Rubina feels when Ami tells her that she has to take Sana to the party. At the end of the story, Rubina and Sana were friends. Have students write about the event from the story that made Rubina and Sana become friends. Additionally, students can write about the lesson that they learned from the story. Students can also identify the problem and solution of the story. ( )
  sarahthigpen | Sep 17, 2016 |
Rubina is invited to a birthday party, but she can't go unless she takes her little sister, Sana. But Rubina doesn't want take because she knows that her friends will make fun of her. She decides after all, and Sana acts out during the party, but worst of all, the next day, she eats Rubina's big red lollipop. Rubina is upset, and her mother doesn't understand why. Rubina doesn't receive invitations for a while, but Sana does. And the same conditions apply to her. She must take little sister and Rubina or she can't go. Rubina doesn't want the same thing happening to her, so she tells her mother no to make her. Sana goes to the party and brings back a big green lollipop for Rubina.

This book is great to talk about sibling relationships and about cause and effects. Also, the sequencing of events throughout the story. Usually, lower grades will need to master this skills, but upper grades can use the same strategies to better their reading skills. ( )
  kimgalv | Sep 3, 2016 |
Summary: Rubina has just been invited to attend her friend’s birthday party. When she asks her mother if she can go, she first had to explain what a birthday is to her mother. After explaining it, her little sister Sana wants to go with her to this birthday party. Rubina tries to convince her mother that she cannot take her to the party, but her mom will not allow her to go unless she takes her sister. So the two attend the party, where Sana acts up. On the way home Sana eats all the candy from her goody bag. In the bag there is a big red lollipop, in which Rubina saves her to eat the next day. But when she wakes up her sister has eaten most of it. She leaves a little piece for Rubina. For a while Rubina is not asked to attend a birthday party. Then one day Sana comes home. She has been invited to attend a birthday party. Now her little sister asks to go the party. The mother tells Sana she can't go unless she takes her little sister. At first Rubina thought it was funny that Sana had to take their little sister, but then she remembers her experience and told her mother to allow Sana to go the party alone. So Sana went to the party alone. When she got home she had a big green lollipop that she gives to her big sister.

Critique: This is a good book to teach children about sibling rivalry. Siblings are always going to fight and not get along, but in the end they will always be there for you. Just like in the book, Rubina had to attend the birthday party with her sister. Of course the sister acted up and ate her sister’s lollipop. But when it came time for the younger sister to attend a birthday party, her older sister knew how it felt to take her little sister. Rubina was watching out for her sister and in return she got a big green lollipop and the two were friends again. This is also a good eye opener. In the book the mother didn't know what a birthday party was. I figured everyone in the world knew what a birthday party was, but now that I think about every culture is different.

Prompt: Make a lollipop on a stick. Make sure to have one wrapped, one half eaten, and one with nothing on it. Also make sure those are the red lollipops. Then have a big green lollipop made. When reading the book, the teacher can hold them up to bring the book to live more.

Craft Element:
Reading/Writing- Compare and contrast different culture.
Writing- Have students write about their siblings. Talking about fights that they might have had and how they fixed it. This is a good way to learn more about your students.
  Kim_Brewer2017 | Sep 1, 2016 |
I enjoyed this book because I could relate to the sibling rivalry and Rubina bringing along her sister to functions. Rubina already did not want Sana to come, and then her competitive nature and love for candy kicked in. At the end of the story Rubina gets a taste of not being invited to a party, and has a change of heart. ( )
  lindsayeubanks | May 31, 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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