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Character and Values, Confronting and Resolving Fears, School Life, Cleverness, Creativity and Imagination
She's younger than Babar, shyer than Lily, and every bit as cute as Olivia. Hang on to your hats, here comes Ella!
Ella has moved to a new neighborhood and has to start a brand new school. At least she has her grandmother's smashing red hat to wear for good luck. But Belinda Blue, the playground bully, doesn't like Ella. And she doesn't like the hat. It looks like trouble's brewing on the playground — until Ella discovers just what a good heart (and great fashion sense) can do.
"The D'Amicos' tale offers a gentle reassurance to readers that despite the trials of grade-school dilemmas, it will all turn out well in the end. Ella is a stand-out." — Kirkus Reviews, August 15th, 2004