Author & Illustrator: Claudia Chandler
Publisher: Leathers Publishing
Ralphina the roly-poly is lonely. She wants the little boy who lives in the house to notice her, so she busily goes to work in their garden to make the tulips grow. Her efforts are successful and he becomes her friend.
Since the little boy doesn’t know anything about roly-polies, Ralphina tells him all about herself and her crustacean relatives. There is also an informational section at the end, which provides facts about rainbows.
This is a cute tale about friendship that is also educational, with bright and cheery rainbow colored illustrations. However, it’s very light on plot. Not much happens in this story, and children may become bored upon subsequent readings, once they learn about roly-polies.
Reviewer: Alice Berger