Ladybug Girl and the Best Ever Playdate

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Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Sweet playdate story promotes friendship and free play.

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Educational Value

Shows playtime rituals and manners, conflict resolution.

Positive Messages

Strong messages about working through conflict, valuing friends, paying attention to friends, making the best of things.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.

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What 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.

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What's the story?

Lulu (aka Ladybug Girl) is excited for her playdate with Finny (Grasshopper Girl), who brings along her horse pull-toy, Rolly Roo. But soon Lulu is far too interested in Rolly-Roo and not paying enough attention to Finny. When Rolly-Roo breaks, the girls have to learn how to enjoy a playdate using their imaginations and creative impulses.

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the Rolly-Roo. Have you ever seen a toy like this? What does Lulu learn is more important than the Rolly-Roo?

  • How does this story compare with other Ladybug Girl books you've read? What's fun about this series? 

  • What are your playdates like? Do you make things up as you go?

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