Images and text by Carter.
Are you partied out yet? This holiday season has definitely been a colorful blur of glitter and gifts and sparkle and sugar. But there’s one more party. Here’s your invitation! Meet Caterina, the bitty brown bird with a flower in her hair and the sassiest blue spectacles you’ll ever see. She’s the star of Caterina and the Perfect Party, by Erin Eitter Kono. She loves lists, her friends, and throwing parties. But it has to be perfect. So Caterina spins into a party overdrive – planning, inviting, decorating, and baking.
I think Caterina’s attention to detail is her love signature. Sure, she’s particular and a bit fussy, but all of her work is driven by a deep need to care for her friends. It’s such a beautiful sentiment for budding friendships, but also reminded me of the purpose behind the revolving door of celebrations this time of year. But then the worst thing happens. Things go terribly wrong. Wind, mud, and rain have no regard for Caterina’s hard work. Thank goodness the best of friends have no regard for things going terribly wrong, right?
P.S. – Each time I read this book I swoon a bit more over this enchanting brown bird. Her story would be a sweet party favor or gift for any dear friend with a birthday. You can see more of Caterina and her friends here. Don’t miss the most darling book trailer you’ll ever see, and check out the cute crafts!