Dandelion by Don Freeman is the story of a lion who wants to look his best of a party being held at Giraffe's house. He primps and preens and gets a new suit and hat.
Poor Dandelion, though, isn't recognized by his friend and isn't let into the party! Before he can do anything his new look is ruined by the weather. Worse yet, he's scolded for being late (when he arrives wet, but in his normal clothing).
The illustrations are done in the colors of spring — goldenrod, pink, orange and black and white. Although Dandelion's checkered sports jacket and cravat looks dated, the pictures are still visually appealing.
My only complaint — and something my daughter picked up on too — is the strange behavior of the Giraffe. To make the "be yourself" moral work, she has to not recognize him. But what sort of friend is she that she doesn't know her own friend when he dresses differently. More importantly, why is she so rude? Perhaps Dandelion needs better friends.