Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow

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Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Ladybug Girl tackles snow play in fun, imaginative tale.

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Educational Value

Kids will learn about fun playtime in the snow.

Positive Messages

Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow encourages curiosity about nature, independent play, imaginative play, a sense of adventure, taking in your surroundings, and determination.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ladybug Girl's parents are warm, loving, and engaged. Her siblings are appropriately playful and antagonistic.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow continues the popular Ladybug Girl picture book series with a fun day playing in the snow. Here, Ladybug Girl ventures into the fresh fallen snow and navigates the frustrations and fun of the terrain, making this a thoughtful exploration of independent play for the preschool set.

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What's the story?

Everything is covered in snow today, so Ladybug Girl and Bingo bundle up and head out to explore this magical new terrain. Only it's not quite as magical as she thought: As Ladybug Girl tries to engage with this new landscape, she gets stuck, finds snow less agreeable than she imagined, and she finds it difficult to move around with so many layers on. But Ladybug Girl is determined to have fun by using her imagination.

Is it any good?

The Ladybug Girl series is a cut above. Although it puts a modern heroine in a costume that marries a ladybug with a ballerina, it has a timeless feel as it navigates the boredom and pleasure of preschool playtime. In LADYBUG GIRL AND THE BIG SNOW, Lulu confronts the winter landscape, and, using the same determination and pluck she has camping or at the beach, she nurtures an interest in nature, passes the time, gets creative, and lets her mind imagine all sorts of fun adventures.

Kids who love winter snow play and snowman building will relish this seasonal adventure, and parents can continue to nurture wonderment at nature, the value of independent play, and the importance of unstructured time in developing creativity. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about safety when playing in the snow. What do you do to prepare for playing when it's cold outside?

  • How do you think this book compares with other books in the Ladybug Girl series? Is it as good? What's fun about Ladybug Girl stories?

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  • Lulu and her brother make all sorts of animals in the snow. Which is your favorite? What shapes do you like to make in the snow?

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