Mrs. Rubinstein’s Beauty (2006), by Pep Montserrat. Since Mrs. Rubinstein is no ordinary beauty, she is sometimes overlooked. No one notices her lovely eyes, her wonderful nose, her delicate hands, or, most importantly, her graceful and generous spirit. That is, until she meets the extraordinary Mr. Pavlov. He notices much more than the one VERY peculiar feature that everyone else has trouble ignoring. Their chance meeting proves to them both that beauty lies in the eye- and heart- of the beholder.
Boy, can I empathize with this story. Since I have the cutest little short haircut (think Toni Braxton), and not a long, ridiculous weave down my back, I am sometimes ignored. Let’s not even talk about the fact that I’m modest and like to cover my lady parts up, as opposed to putting everything on display.
I cannot believe I stole this book for the unbelievable price of $1 @ Crown Books’ going-out-of-business sale.
There are so many ways to go with this book. It could be used to teach that beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder. It could teach about differences. It could teach about interracial love. What you do with it is up to you! So, do yourself a favor and get a copy of this book. Run, don’t walk to your local bookstore or library.