Synopses & Reviews
Melissa wants to accomplish something speical, but what could it be? "Spectacular!" "Gorgeous!" "Fabulous!" Those are some of the words people use to describe Melissa Parkington's hair, which is long, thick, and so shiny that it seems to sparkle. But Melissa would like to be known for more than her hair. Melissa wants to do something spectacular. But everything she tries doesn't seem to work out. Then one day she discovers that she can do something specialwith her hair. Pat Brisson's engaging and thought-provoking story features lively illustrations by Suzanne Bloom.
"Melissa is a memorable character who inspires us to look beyond outward appearances and search for the beauty inside."--The Reading Teacher
"This honest and deeply felt story should have a place in most collections." --School Library Journal
"Brisson's clear and heartening story is balanced by Bloom's mixed-media, deeply colored gauche/pencil/crayon paintings depicting an assortment of scenes filled with multicultural children and a compassionate and benevolent young girl who has found her way to make a difference." --Kirkus Reviews
"The story is well-crafted and shows Melissa's growth as a character. . . . Overall, readers will connect to both the story and the illustrations." --Library Media Connection
About the Author
Pat Brisson is a winner of a Christopher Award for The Summer My Father Was Ten and has written a number of books for children. She lives in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.Suzanne Bloom is the author and illustrator of the picture books featuring Goose and Bear: Treasure and A Splendid Friend, Indeed, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book. Her other books include No Place for a Pig, A Mighty Fine Time Machine, We Keep a Pig in the Parlor, and the popular The Bus for Us. She lives with her family in McDonough, New York.