Amanda Commander : The Purple Invitation by Coral Vass tells the story of Amanda’s disappointment at not receiving a birthday invitation to her classmate’s party. The disappointment is even more pronounced when Amanda realises that every other girl in year 3 received an invitation. Amanda’s best friends support and offer suggestions as she attempts to get herself invited.

Coral Vass does a good job of showing how Amanda works through her disappointment and helps children understand that missing out on a friend’s party doesn’t have to be traumatic. Amanda learns resilience and the importance of being gracious. The story also shows how misunderstandings can be avoided with open communication.

Overall an entertaining, well-told story for 8-12-year-olds.

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