illustrated by Jason Art Studios
While the Golden Shape Book without a title that was discussed a few weeks ago was shaped like the Neighborhood Trolley, this particular book is a little less "shape" and a little more "book." I suppose it holds the shape of Lady Elaine's Museum-Go-Round, but when there's nothing more to that shape than two straight lines and a couple of curved edges, it's somewhat difficult to pass this off as a "shape" book.
Either way, The Costume Party is another book from my own childhood that has withstood the test of time. It starts off with yet another kingly idea from King Friday -- a Neighborhood costume party to be held at the castle. Luckily, Lady Elaine has plenty of costumes for everyone at the Museum-Go-Round.
Daniel, X the Owl, and Henrietta Pussycat look at a variety of costumes and hats before making their final decisions.
As they look through the costumes, interestingly enough, Henrietta Pussycat speaks in full sentences which lack her typical "meow" laced dialect:
"Now Henrietta Pussycat makes up her mind. I will wear a big hat and high-heeled shoes and a long dress and some beads," she says. "I'm going to pretend to be grown up."Ultimately, everyone finds a fun costume and arrives at the castle.
Queen Sara welcomes them all:
"Of course, you're really yourselves, even in your costumes -- and when you take your costumes off, you'll still be yourselves. We like you any way you are."Mister Rogers himself concludes the book by talking about pretending and the fun that a person can have while dressing up and pretending. While the art in this book is certainly very well done, I wonder how Mister Rogers can be comfortable on this final page when his legs seem to have disappeared.
One other thing I noticed as I read through this book was the newspaper on the floor as Bob Dog reveals himself as Super Dog. Look closely. Could that be Mister Rogers there on Page 2 of the daily news?
Western Publishing Company, Inc.
© 1976 by Fred M. Rogers
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