Monday, November 28, 2011

Your Friend in Fashion, Abby Shapiro

 Axelrod, Amy. Your Friend in Fashion, Abby Shapiro
Holiday House     2011  261p  17.95
978-0-8234-2340-8 elm/ms      Realistic Fiction       VG 
“Beginning in 1959, Abby, nearly eleven, writes a series of letters to Jackie
Kennedy, each with sketches of outfits she has designed, as she faces family
problems, concerns about neighbors, and her own desperate desire for both her
first bra and a Barbie doll.” Set in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s in
Massachusetts, eleven year-old Abby Shapiro is a tween who has a love of
designing clothes and is not of expressing her thoughts and feelings.  Abby’
lives with her mother, her Aunt Rina, Uncle Max, and Uncle Morris.  Abby faces
family difficulites and struggles at school with a mean girl.  In order to earn
extra money to purchase a bra and a Barbie doll, she begins to design clothes. 
Readers begin to see Abby’s true character come of age, as she writes letters to
Jackie Kennedy, wife of Senator Kennedy, and offers fashion advice.  Abby knew
that writing to the possible future first lady, could be profitable especially
if her husband ever became President of the United States.  These letters are
sometimes humourous but also reveals how Abby is not afraid to express her
thoughts, feelings, and struggles.  Abby’s family and Jewish faith and upbrining are addressed throughout. The author includes a glossary and pronunciation of
Yiddish and Hebrew words for readers to comprehend.               Forba-
Mayer, Charleen


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