Lilly's Big Day

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Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media
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Fun, warm book about would-be flower girl.

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Lilly is a strong and spunky character who is self-confident and warm-hearted.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lilly is a strong and spunky character who's self-confident and warm-hearted. This book may lead kids to want to read about Lilly's other adventures.

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What's the story?

Lilly wants to be the flower girl in her teacher's wedding but her teacher has someone else in mind.

Is it any good?

Some kids may find spunky Lilly admirable and others may find her exasperating. Either way they are sure to find her amusing. Her self-confidence never steps over the bounds to conceit and she is good-hearted. Stomping around in red cowboy boots, crown, and occasional Groucho Marx mustache and glasses, she is a determined, delightful heroine.

Kevin Henkes' detailed and expressive watercolor-and-ink illustrations add an extra layer to the story. Parents will chuckle when they see Lilly's exhausted parents, morning coffee in hand, listening patiently as Lilly lectures them on her wedding responsibilities. Children will like the word balloons that sometimes take the character's dialogue just a bit further. The comforting, joyful ending is a satisfying end to Lilly's central conflict, and parents and kids will be pleased that Lilly manages to find her way without compromising adult decisions.

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  • Families can use the details in the delightful illustrations to spark discussion. For instance, how does Lilly's teacher feel about her being a flower girl at his wedding? Ask your kids to look at his expressions and gauge his feelings.

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