July 11, 2012

Children's Literature With a Message: I Have to Be Me

First off, I apologize to our readers when they encounter a review on this blog that has no seeming connection to natural living. I always feel obligated when sent a product or book for review to, well, review it, even if it has no green qualities. Exposing such characteristics is just as important as featuring truly eco-friendly goods. It's not exactly greenwashing, except it being marketed to a green blog. This is such a review.

Kate Kate The Fashion Plate by Deborah Kanafani is the story of a little girl who aspires to be a fashion designer.

Kate Kate The Fashion Plate, "I Have To Be Me" is the first in a series about an aspiring tween aged fashion designer in New York City. Kate has been busy designing dresses for Marie and Antoinette, her two little dogs. But now she has a chance to shine as a famous fashion designer, or so she thinks. When Kate's' mom, a fashion icon and head of The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art arranges for Kate to help dress the mannequins at Bergs, New York's fanciest department store, Kate is jumping for joy. Kate has to promise her mother that she will dress in the latest style, "plain and simple" when she goes to Bergs, and not in one of her own designs. But it seems Kate has a problem. Although she tries, she just can't seem to look like everyone else. Even worse, the dresses she is given to put on the mannequins are so "booooring" they make Kate feel sad. Bursting with ideas on how to give the dresses more sparkle and pizzazz, Kate gets carried away.... until Mrs. Blinker, the owner of Bergs walks in and sees what Kate is doing. Now that Kate is in big trouble, what will happen to her dreams of being a fashion designer? Does Kate learn that she has to look like everyone else to be liked? Kate's adventures are fun. They introduce girls to historical characters through fashion, inspire girls to be entrepreneurial and encourage girls to celebrate their individuality.

Although I am glad Kate does not succumb to the influences of conforming, I would prefer if the book was Kate, Kate the Sustainable Fashion Plate. I like how the end of the book features blank mannequin pages for children to design their own fashions.

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