A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows playtime rituals and manners, conflict resolution.
Strong messages about working through conflict, valuing friends, paying attention to friends, making the best of things.
Positive Role Models
Lulu is creative and kind. She gets overly distracted by the Rolly-Roo toy, but when it breaks she realizes being a good friend to Finny is more important than any thing. Finny is a good friend and doesn't let the toy-breaking incident ruin their fun and free play. They repair the toy and keep having a good time together.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ladybug Girl and the Best Ever Playdate is a sweet, lesson-packed adventure about navigating a playdate -- and not letting toys trump friendship. It's highly relatable for preschoolers and kindergartners who are becoming acquainted with the exciting toys of their friends; it teaches what it means to play well together, embrace free play, share, and treat friends -- and friendships -- with care and respect. It gets bonus points for featuring dress-up outside the typical princess fare, outdoor play, and diverse friendships.
Is It Any Good?
This simple, quiet tale of a playdate threatening to go wrong is perfect for preschoolers and kindergartners, since it addresses the lure of playing with new toys. But here, the unlucky break of a broken toy helps demonstrate not only the value of friendship over things but also the importance of unstructured playtime, letting your imagination run free, and resolving conflict.
With beautiful ink-and-watercolor illustrations that make backyards, sunflowers, and bedrooms pop, LADYBUG GIRL AND THE BEST PLAYDATE EVER creates a dreamy yet familiar rendering of childhood play that imparts valuable lessons about being a good friend and playmate.
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