Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dogs

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Lulu helps dog adoption effort in cute series finale.

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Educational Value

Exposes kids to the idea of pet adoptions, though there's not much more detail than showing a booth at the farmers' market. Many different breeds shown but not identified. Parents may want to fill in those names. 

Positive Messages

Helping in many small ways adds up to a big contribution that really matters. A volunteer effort can always use more volunteers. Even kids can figure out ways to help when grown-ups are trying to accomplish something. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dogs is the 10th and final hardcover book in the Ladybug series by Jacky Davis and illustrator David Soman. Here Lulu and her Bug Squad friends help take care of dogs up for adoption at the farmers' market. It's a cheery outing that ends with the successful adoption of one of the dogs by a family with two little girls. Lulu learns that Ladybug's mission today isn't to "save the day" but to offer help that really matters. 

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What's the story?

In LADYBUG AND THE RESCUE DOGS, Lulu ses an "Adopt a Dog" booth at the farmers' market with lots of dogs surrounding it. She asks who the dogs belong to. "They're rescue dogs," replies a volunteer. "We're here to help them get adopted into good forever homes." Lulu proudly tells the dogs, "I will rescue you! I am Ladybug Girl!" But her mom reminds her they already have Bingo, and "one dog is the right amount for our family." But Lulu finds there are many small things she can do to help the volunteers and the dogs right now, like give the dogs water, food, and treats, play with them, scratch them. And her Bug Squad pals Finny (Grasshopper Girl) and Sam (Bumble Bee Boy) help, too. "This might be their most important mission ever!"

Is it any good?

This cheery pet adoption tale shows Ladybug Girl learning that helping in lots of small ways can add up to a contribution that "really mattered." Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dogs may raise awareness of the rescue dog option for families seeking a pet. And it's also a gentle lesson in humility (as many Ladybug stories are), as Lulu learns she can't always "save the day" completely, but she can do positive things that help in a meaningful way. It's another fun adventure in this top-notch picture book series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the pets that need to be adopted in Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dogs. Why are they called rescue dogs? What's the difference between a rescue dog and a dog sold in a pet shop? 

  • Has your family ever adopted a rescue dog? Think you might like to one day? 

  • What different things do the dogs need that the kids can help them with? Can you name the different types of dogs shown in the book? 

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