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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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Rubina is invited to her very first birthday party. Because the idea of a birthday party is new to her, Rubina's mother insists that she take Sana, her younger sister, along with her. Rubina is fearful that her friends will think she is "weird", but she has no choice in the matter. Much to her dismay, Sana acts like "a little baby" at the party, but what she does afterwards is even worse. Rubina chose to save her lollipop from her party bag she was given, while Sana eats all of her candy and even breaks the trinkets that were inside. When Rubina wakes up the next morning, she finds that Sana has eaten almost all of her lollipop. Rubina's mother says she must learn to share, but Rubina doesn't want to hear it. Although she is very angry with her little sister, she later becomes Sana's advocate. When Sana is invited to a birthday party by her friends, and her mother insists she bring their youngest sister Maryam, Rubina's helps her out by convincing her mother not to force Sana to take Maryam to the party. Rubina's wanted to prevent Sana from being excluded amongst her friends. Sana recognizes her sister's kind gesture and in the end offers Rubina her lollipop she received at her friend's birthday party as a way to show her appreciation.

I think this book would be appropriate for a 1st grade class. It would teach children, especially children with siblings, the importance of sharing and compassion. ( )
  slbenne1 | Aug 28, 2014 |
A story about sibling rivalry and jealousy, this would be a perfect book for at at-home read. Parents could use it as a way to discuss the issue with their children. It could also be helpful for children to see that this is something other children feel too- and give them the language to talk about it.
  JocelynPLang | Jun 9, 2014 |
This book about sibling rivalry just happens to feature protagonists from a different culture. Presumably, the characters are Pakistani like the author, who was born in Lahore but immigrated to Canada at age three.

In the story, Rubina is invited to her first birthday party ever, and her little sister Sana pitches a fit until their mother, Ami, says Sana must go also or Rubina can’t go. Rubina takes Sana, who predictably embarrasses Rubina and eats all of the treats they received as party favors.

It takes a long time before Rubina gets any more party invitations!

Then one day, Sana comes home with her own invitation. By this time, a new little sister, Maryam, is old enough to cause the same sort of trouble with Sana that Sana once caused for Rubina.

Rubina thinks about it:

"I could just watch her have to take Maryam. I could just let her make a fool of herself at that party. I could just let her not be invited to any more parties, but something makes me tap Ami on the shoulder.”

She makes a decision, and asks Ami not to make Sana take Maryam, and in gratitude, Sana brings back her goodies from the party and gives them to Rubina.

Evaluation: This is a good story with an important lesson about the sweetness of revenge versus the greater benefits of forgiveness and charity. In addition, there is the “meta message” for people of the majority culture that just because some kids may dress different and/or have different-sounding names doesn't mean they don't have a lot in common with you.

The artwork by the award-winning Sophie Blackall, known for her Chinese ink and watercolor images, is adorable - full of whimsy, warmth, and expressiveness. ( )
  nbmars | May 24, 2014 |
This book is about a girl named Rubina who gets invited to a birthday party. Because her mom does not know the American customs of birthday parties, she lets Rubina's younger sister tag along. It ends up being horrible for Rubina and she does not get invited back to any other birthday parties for a while. Meanwhile, her younger sister Sana continues to torment her by eating her red lollipop from the party. Sana comes home one day with an invitation to a birthday party and the youngest sister, Maryam wants to go. Her mother, Ami, says that she must take her sisters because it's only fair and Sana throws a fit about it. While Rubina thinks it's funny at first and that Sana is getting what she deserves, she ends up telling her mother that Sana shouldn't have to take any of the sisters with her. Her mother agrees an Sana goes to the party alone. As a means of showing appreciation, Sana brings back a lollipop for Rubina from the party and now the two sisters are friends.
  kvail | Mar 15, 2014 |
I liked the multicultural aspects of this book. It definitely shows a different type of family than most westerners are used to, and other races are portrayed really well throughout the book. I also liked the theme of inclusion that it brings. There is a strong sense of the importance of family and I think that children who had siblings would be able to connect to this book on some level. Rubina is a really good big sister and I thought that the plot of the book was really sweet. ( )
  L_Cochran | Mar 15, 2014 |
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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 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:53:53 -0400)

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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