Ladybug Girl at the Beach

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Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Fun adventure lets Lulu face fears at her own pace.

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Educational Value

Kids will learn about fun things to do at the beach.

Positive Messages

Ladybug Girl at the Beach offers positive messages about trying new experiences you're afraid of, but at a comfort level that works for you. It encourages kids to take the time to get used to new settings, and work up the courage to venture in.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The family represented here is relatable and realistic. The parents are present, and the brother-sister relationship features typical playful teasing.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ladybug Girl at the Beach continues the popular Ladybug Girl series with a fun exploration of the first time at the beach. With Ladybug Girl herself facing her fears of giant, noisy waves and venturing in, this story is excellent for quelling the anxieties of first-time beach-goers.

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What's the story?

Ladybug Girl (Lulu) knows she's going to to love her first trip to the beach, and when she gets there, she finds a slew of new things to explore with dog Bingo. But when she first sees the giant, noisy waves, it's another matter altogether. Can Lulu face her fear of the unknown and venture into the waves? Perhaps Ladybug Girl can help her.

Is it any good?

The Ladybug Girl books, including LADYBUG GIRL AT THE BEACH, are a rare treat in children's fare. With relatable tales and vivid watercolor-and-ink illustrations, they celebrate nature and curiosity, both encouraging the magical thinking of the age and addressing real-world concerns and fears.

Kids, especially those who are already fans, will love following Lulu on her first beach outing. Parents will appreciate the book's unusually delicate, believable treatment of facing your fears -- no blind rushing in, no unlikely sudden courage, but rather the idea that kids are smart and self-aware enough to set their own pace when it comes to trying new things, and often know exactly the right time to jump in.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about facing your fears. Have you ever been afraid to visit a new place or try a new activity? What made you afraid of it? How did you deal with it? 

  • Do you like other Ladybug Girl stories? Do you think Lulu and Bingo would be fun to have as friends?

  • Have you ever been to the beach? What are your favorite things to do there?

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