A fairy encourages children to give up their pacifiers in Attry, Febvre, and Lawson’s picture book, illustrated by Huette (Rare Patients in the Waiting Room, 2012, etc.).
Pacita, a dark-haired, light-skinned, humanlike fairy, visits anthropomorphic animal children when it’s time for them to surrender their pacifiers. The narrator explains that in order “to speak like a big kid, paci needs to come out.” In exchange, Pacita leaves the kids an encouraging “letter full of wisdom and grace.” In it, the fairy explains that their “soothie” will be added to her own extensive collection, where it will be displayed in its own cubbyhole. The narrator acknowledges the difficulties that many children have without the comfort of their pacifiers, emphasizing that it’s “OK to feel sad.” Pacita later returns with a second letter: “Congrats!” it says. “Soothie’s no longer needed! The challenge seemed grand but you have succeeded!” Huette’s digital, cartoon-style illustrations are colorful and sweet, offering playful, charming scenes featuring animal children, Pacita’s pacifier collection, and her visits to various households. The story’s intent is clear and specific, and it will be helpful for youngsters who are getting ready to make a change. The book’s back matter features in-depth information for adults about pacifier use, including practical advice from a clinical psychologist.
A helpful, encouraging read for kids at a crucial life stage.