Lottie Paris Lives Here

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A spunky girl explores the wonders of her everyday world.





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Educational value

Short, easy-to-read words and repetitive phrases help early readers expand their emerging skills.

Positive messages

Spunky, imaginative Lottie shows readers the wonder in the everyday places of her world.

Positive role models

Both Lottie and her father -- the two main characters -- are positive role models. Lottie, through her play, encourages kids to learn more about the world around them and to get out into it. Papa Pete is a steady and calming influence on his daughter.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a great book for early readers. Whether you are reading to them or they are reading aloud, the rhythmic prose makes it fun, and the beautiful illustrations are great for sharing. Lottie may sometimes end up in the quiet chair, but she is an imaginative girl who encourages kids to play, have fun, and see the wonder in their own worlds.

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What's the story?

Lottie Paris takes readers inside her world, where her adventures and imagination take flight. Lottie eagerly explores the park across the street from her home, her bedroom, and the quiet chair -- a place she ends up a couple of times after a few misadventures and bouts of stubbornness.

Is it any good?


Author Angela Johnson weaves a lyrical, flat-out fun tale that will make this book an easy favorite among early readers. Kids will readily connect with the safe places of Lottie's world -- her home, the park, her dad's lap -- and the wonder of those ordinary places. They will also identify with Lottie's enthusiasm, energy, and even her time in the quiet chair.

Beautifully drawn, illustrator Scott M. Fischer captures the ordinary -- Lottie peeking out from behind her bed -- and creates pictures with such light and whimsy that readers instantly connect with the busy little girl. The pictures are like jazz, full of moment and depth, and pair perfectly with Johnson's musical prose.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about imagination and play. What are some of the things you imagine when you play? Families can share stories about pretend adventures they've been on and go on adventures together.

  • Families can also talk about Lottie's behavior. Why did Lottie have to sit in the quiet chair? How do you think she feels about her quiet time?

Book details

Author:Angela Johnson
Illustrator:Scott M. Fischer
Genre:For Beginning Readers
Topics:Great girl role models
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Publication date:August 30, 2011
Number of pages:32
Read aloud:5 - 9
Read alone:5 - 9

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