Follow the special relationship between Madeline and her Grandfather as they both grow and share in the most magical birthday experiences. Filled with secrets to uncover and brimming with imagination, Don’t Drink the Pink explores a number of basic concepts including colors, numbers and the reality of growing older.
Don’t Drink the Pink, B.C.R Fegan is a heartfelt story, which takes the reader on a magical and wonderous adventure.
Madeline is always made to feel special on her birthday and she is excited each year. Her Grandfather arrives, spending time with her and brings magical potions with him. Each year, Madeline chooses a different coloured potion that takes her on a new birthday adventure. The question is on the readers’ lips from the beginning ‘Why can’t Madeline drink the pink’? Keep reading! The pink potion is symbolic of the strong connection with our loved ones.
Madeline and her Grandfather have a beautiful bond that will transcend time and old age. This story truly spoke to me. I originally read it with my son, who has just turned two. He loves the story; for it’s repetition, magic and gorgeous illustrations. He requests the story by title and loves repeating the narrative, saying the colours as we read. This book will no doubt teach him colours and number sequencing. The bright colours are intriguing and the illustrations are enchanting.
Much more significantly, this book has touched ours hearts due to a personal loss in our family. I was particularly moved by the topics of loss, connection with grandparents, old age, love of family and those moments in life to be treasured. These universal issues are the reason I would recommend this story to everyone. It is not simply a children’s book. It is a book that will pull at the heartstrings, prompt further discussions surrounding the cyclical nature of life and give hope for those who have lost a loved one.
This story is one that I will treasure for a long time and one which will help us whilst raising our son who has lost someone very close to him at such an early age. Thank you to Tale Blade Press for sending me a copy of Don’t Drink the Pink in exchange for my honest review.