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Priscilla Pack Rat: Making Room for Friendship by Claudine Crangle
Published on March 13, 2017.
Priscilla has a knack for finding the best and prettiest things. But when tasked with choosing a birthday gift for her friends, she finds it hard to part with her collection. Priscilla eventually learns that searching for happiness through the accumulation of “stuff” leads to disappointment and loneliness. This story encourages kids to focus on the party rather than the presents!
Wow. Books about mental illness or issues are always eye-opening. I read a lot of YA and adult books dealing with tough issues, but I don’t often encounter them in children’s books. That’s why Magination Press books are so important. They put mental issues into terms that children (and parents) can understand.
In this book, Priscilla the Rat is a packrat. She loves collecting things and stores them all in her small house. When she’s invited to a couple of birthday parties, she cannot decide what to give her friends. And she even takes gifts back when she realizes how much people like them. Eventually she skips out on a party because she cannot stand to part with her things.
Priscilla makes a difficult decision at the end of the book, which will surely give parents and children plenty to talk about. This book is suited for ages 5-10. And it includes a parent information section at the end to help answers parent’s questions and help them understand whether their child has a problem with hoarding.
My Rating: 4 Stars