A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows farm animals and activities. Shows how voting works, how it gives the members of a community the power to decide what they want to do.
Everyone (in this case, all the animals) should get a vote. Don't just think about yourself.
Positive Role Models
Nicolette is a compassionate leader. She helps the farm animals organize and vote to get what they want. Her parents are kind, willing to let the animals all vote to decide if they want to have the family build a slide at the farm. The lambs' mother encourages them to solve their own problems, ask their fellow animals what they want, and think things through.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lambslide is the first picture book by adult novelist Ann Patchett (Bel Canto). It's a cute story about a girl who lives on a farm and helps her lambs campaign to get a fun slide to play on, with charming, realistic illustrations by Robin Preiss Glasser. It also involves a gentle democracy lesson and light wordplay: The plot turns on a lamb hearing "lambslide" when the girl's mom says "landslide."
Is It Any Good?
This cute story teaches the basics about making decisions by group vote while poking fun at those who are too self-absorbed, and highlighting empathy and leadership skills. It's a little odd that Nicolette knows what the lambs think even though they don't speak directly to her, as they do to one another and their mother. And how do all the animals understand the voting process? Can they read the "Yay" and "Nay" and "Take a stone" signs? It's not hard to just go with it, but it seems like there's a gap in the storytelling.
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