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Lenny & Lucy

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Masterful book about moving is emotionally powerful.

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Caldecott winners Philip C. and Erin. E. Stead have collaborated on another masterful, quietly powerful story with a classic feel, this one about moving and fear of the unknown. Adults will understand that Peter is projecting his fears about moving onto the dark, unknown woods, but the story wisely takes his fear literally and pictures him working concretely to protect and comfort himself. There's a quiet reassurance in the guardian figures coming to life and playing with Peter and his dog, and the introduction of the new friend and neighbor is just as gentle and understated. An added plus: The book is implicitly inclusive. Peter's family is pictured as single-parent, headed by a dad, and the neighbors who welcome and befriend them are a family of color.

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