A girl realizes she has a loving family and everything she needs, but she cannot help envying her rich friend Mindy.
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Kindergarten-Grade 3 Two-color charcoal drawings accompany this underdeveloped story about a little girl's envy of her wealthy friend. Mindy lives in a large house with maids, cable TV, a VCR, her own bedroom with a private phone and a playroom with "five million toys." Any house would look small and unattractive by comparison, but the home of the unnamed little girl in the story looks even more dull and boring. Each page reads like a catalog of items that Mindy has that the narrator does not, and the illustrations serve to show children how miserable the little girl is with what she sees as a very plain and ordinary life. The little girl's mother says that both families are "equal in love," an idea that is not supported by story line or illustrations. Other members of her family add their encouragement, trying to help the little girl understand the value of a loving family that has "everything we need." She reluctantly agrees that they are probably right, but in the end she continues wishing that she were Mindy. The idea that a loving family is a precious gift, more important than designer clothes, is never really explored. Readers will be left as frustrated and dissatisfied as the little girl. Pamela T. Childs, Westover Hills Elementary School, Richmond, Va.
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Book Description Albert Whitman & Co, 1986. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110807575429