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by Nan  Gregory
Illustrated by Luc Melanson

Published by 2007, Groundwood
32 pages
ISBN: 9780888997814

Ages 5-8

Vivi wants pink. The other girls have it—Merrillee, Miranda, and Janine. Head to toe pink perfection. Vivi is lacking such pinkness. In a store window, Vivi sees a beautiful pink bride doll and wants it more than anything. Her parents, who cannot afford to buy the doll for her, encourage Vivi to earn the money herself. Running errands for her neighbors, Vivi saves up to buy the doll, hoping to be friends with the Pinks. Meanwhile, Vivi’s mom declares an all-pink day for the family because “Pink is for everyone.” After their “pinknic” (cranberry tea, cherry blossoms, petits fours) the special day has a rosy glow. But on the walk home Vivi sees Merrillee with the precious pink bride doll under her arm. Vivi’s heart is full of ache, and her parents are helpless, until her dad helps her see that there are some things that money—and pink—just cannot buy. Nan Gregory’s extraordinarily sensitive and engaging story is illustrated with lots and lots of—you guessed it—pink!  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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