When Lu was a baby I was so against dressing her in pink that I dressed her in a brown onesie for her newborn photos. Looking back, this was a bit aggressive. But I felt firmly—and still do—that no one was going to force this baby to wear pink. If she was going to wear pink, it was going to be her choice. Almost eight years later, to my delight, this girl’s favorite color is blue. Blue bedroom, blue backpack, blue Converse, blue lunchbox, blue everything. I think she can still relate to Starri, the main character of Adelina Winfield’s Anything But Pink.
Anything But Pink Review
Two very cool parents are expecting a baby girl. When it comes time for the baby shower, they tell all the guests to bring anything but pink. Baby Starri’s room is outfitted in every color of the rainbow—every color, that is, but pink. But when Starri grows older, she gets a mind of her own. She announces that she will NOT wear ANYTHING but pink! There is quite a diversity of pink products to be found.
Her room was pink
Her dresses were pink
Her bookbags were pink
Her shoes were pink
Her pens and pencils were pink
Everything was PINK!!!
Her parents are dismayed. Wearing pink is boring, they say! Who wins this epic battle? I won’t spoil the ending for you, but I will tell you it’s a win-win. Anything But Pink is written and delightfully illustrated by Adelina Winfield.
I enjoyed this book because I relate to Starri’s parents so well (except they are way more stylish than I am). I tried the Anything But Pink route with both girls, once successfully and once horribly unsuccessfully. Both outcomes were absolutely perfect for the child in question because how we dress and express ourselves is all about our own personalities. As much as I want to control my children, they are at their best when they make choices that suit their unique identifies.
Yes, our society pushes our girls toward pink. But if we give them all the choices in the world and they still choose pink? Then pink it is. Our girls are no better off if we police their choices and declare things off limits. Starri’s love of pink can coexist with the colors her parents would choose for her in a world that will try to limit her in too many other ways.
As for my kids reactions, both the blue-loving-elder and the pink-loving-younger LOVE Anything But Pink. We brought it on vacation with our extended family two weeks ago and Bean requested read-alouds on repeat with various relatives. I’m glad to read it frequently. The story affirms everyone’s choices, no matter what color you like to wear best.