Mitzi Tulane, Preschool Detective, in What’s That Smell?
With a diverse and colorful mix of characters that fill the pages, this beautifully illustrated book is delightful fun for any small child. Mitzi Tulane is a 3-year-old girl whose job it is to know what’s happening at 123 Maple Street. Mitzi has brown skin, her doll has yellow hair, and her baby brother wears a white diaper. Mitzi’s family and friends wear many colors of clothing and shoes and skin. One morning, Mitzi detects the smell of shaving cream, and realizes that her dad has a spot of white behind his ear and he’s all scratchy. Mitzi becomes a bit suspicious. Then Nonny and Noo Noo, her aunties and uncles, and the whole wide world are standing in the living room, and infant brother has no clue as to what’s going on. Hmmmm … the green and purple cake with four candles on top is the biggest clue of all that it’s somebody’s birthday. While the vocabulary of the book is above Mitzi’s age level, the adult and the small child being read to will equally enjoy the experience.
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Lauren McLaughlin, Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Illustrator)