Ladybug Girl's Day Out with Grandpa

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Museum trip sparks love of learning in fun tale.

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Educational Value

Shows what a natural history museum looks like. Names and some facts about dinosaurs, animals, insects, gems, sea creatures, and more. 

Positive Messages

There's a lot to see at a museum. You won't be able to see everything in one day. As Lulu's grandpa says, "If you take your time and are still for a moment, you'll learn more." He also says, "You learn new things your entire life." 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Grandpa is a warm and gentle guide who exposes Lulu to new things and encourages her to slow down to learn more. Lulu is enthusiastic, happy to see new things, and anxious to learn about the natural world, animals, dinosaurs, gems, and sea creatures. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ladybug Girl's Day Out with Grandpa is another installment in the Ladybug Girl picture book series by the husband-wife team of David Soman and Jacky Davis. Here Lulu (aka Ladybug Girl) and her grandpa take a trip to the natural history museum. She's hungry to learn "everything" as she dashes from room to room, but Grandpa gives her the valuable advice that that she'll be able to learn more if she slows down and is still for a moment. This would be a great book to read before a museum visit, to stimulate an interest in the sciences, or simply for a warm story about an adventure shared between grandparent and grandchild. 

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What's the story?

On LADYBUG GIRL'S DAY OUT WITH GRANDPA, the two go to the natural history museum and Ladybug Girl is in a rush to gain information: "I want to learn everything about everything!" As she dashes from room to room, she does pick up names of and facts about dinosaurs, elephants, bears, minerals, crystals, a meteor, a blue whale, butterflies, and more. But Grandpa explains, "If you take your time and are still for a moment, you'll learn more." And at the end, on the steps outside, they agree to come back for more visits to learn more.

Is it any good?

This charming adventure captures how a kid can enthusiastically zip through a natural history museum and learn to slow down to grasp more. It also portrays a sweet, warm relationship between grandparent and grandchild. Ladybug Girl's Day Out with Grandpa rings true on every level and also packs in a bit of information about the natural world. It's perfect for a pre-museum visit or class field trip and a great example of the joy of learning. It also fits in well with STEM goals and could inspire kids to take an interest in the sciences.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the museum shown in Ladybug Girl's Day Out with Grandpa. Does it look like a museum you've been to? Would you like to go to one like it? What would you most like to see there and learn about? 

  • Do you have a special relationship with your grandma or grandpa? How is it different from the one you have with your parents? 

  • What's fun about learning things about the natural world of animals and insects? What's your favorite animal? 

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