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The text is full of action and dialogue and each new event is followed by the phrase, “It’s hard to believe, but Rose did ALL that, before Mama had finished her quick little chat.” The illustrations use a sophisticated palate straight out of the 1920’s, embellished with curlicues, balloons, and circles of dancing light. Rose herself is a delight, in a white night gown, argyle socks, and pom-pommed slippers.
Make sure to take the time to examine the details in the book with your kids. See if they can spot the four muscley men throughout the book. How about the wizard?
There are a lot of glowing party lanterns used to decorate the party in the book. Follow up by making your own party lanterns. Try this Chinese Paper Lantern. If you have elementary school aged kids, try making globes with yarn and paper mache paste. Hang the lanterns on a string to display them as they do in the book.
Serve the food mentioned in the book: tiny hot dogs, cream-cheese swirls, and big pretzel logs. If you’re at home, have the kids help you prepare them.