Leah’s Mustache Party
By Nadia Mike, illustrated by Charlene Chua
Synopsis from Inhabit Media:
Four-year-old Leah loved being a pirate for Halloween. She never considered being a princess or a fairy, no matter what her friends said. But once Halloween has come and gone, Leah misses so many things about her costume. She misses her sword. She misses saying “Arrrr!” Most of all, she misses her silly mustache. But Leah knows that it doesn’t have to be Halloween to play dressup. She can wear a mustache whenever she wants! She can wear one while she’s watching a movie, or riding her bike, or playing her favourite game. So when Leah’s birthday finally arrives, she knows exactly what she wants to do: have a party where everyone must wear a mustache! At Leah’s mustache party, everyone gets in on the dress-up fun, even Grandma!
Halloween has the kids delving into the world of fun and imagination but what’s wrong with extending imaginative play beyond trick-or-treat? Leah’s love of mustaches is supported by her mother as she applies one when Leah plays dress-up, watches a movie and even going to school. While other girls seem to learn toward princesses and fairies, Leah loves mustaches because they’re cool.
I love her mom’s support of Leah’s fascination with mustaches. It would have been easy for her mom to say no, that Halloween was over, but she willingly lets her daughter indulge in her love of the mustache. Sometimes we as parents are too quick to say no and squash creative and imaginative ideas because that’s not what is done or there’s a time and a place for that sort of activity.
Even Leah’s friends who are surprised by the mustache party idea, enjoy the fun.