By Carrie Kingsley,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Delightful adventures of young girl caring for animals.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Lots of information about animals and animal care, as well as mentions of subjects Lulu and Mellie are learning in school.
A huge emphasis on responsibility; the rule in Lulu’s house about animals is “the more the merrier, as long as Lulu cleans up after them.” Readers see Lulu taking care of her pets both at home and on vacation, reinforcing that pets are wonderful, but that they’re a 24/7 commitment.
Positive Role Models
Lulu’s adult world is full of support, and reinforces the idea that Lulu is smart, capable and compassionate. The girls are best friends, and navigate that friendship easily. They acknowledge they get on each other's nerves sometimes, but that it doesn't matter.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hilary McKay’s Lulu series is a great series for kids who adore animals. Lulu is the animal lover, but her best friend Mellie is always ready to jump in and help her with a stray dog or a found egg that’s ready to hatch. Their friendship is sweet, and Lulu’s entire family is optimists. When things go wrong, they’re always looking on the bright side. The tone of the adults in a book can have an amazing impact on 0.readers, and in this case, it’s all positivity.
Where to Read
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Great for kids who love animals!
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What's the Story?
Animals and friends are intertwined in the LULU series, which follows best friends Lulu and Mellie on day-to-day adventures. The places they go are common -- the park, the beach, their neighborhood -- but their interactions with the animals will leave animal lovers envious. Lulu has a way with animals, and always helps the ones who are lost, injured or scared. Lulu’s parents are full of laughter and support her love of animals, but make sure she’s the one responsible for their care.
Is It Any Good?
These stories will delight any animal lover. Lulu doesn’t always know what to do, but the adults are there to help her out with advice and support. When there are problems with the animals, her parents, extended family, teachers, and others are positive and kind, and never make Lulu feel like animals or her love of them are a burden. While it is never mentioned in the stories, the wonderful illustrations on every page show that Lulu and her family are black, as are some of the kids in her class. This incidental diversity is a fluid part of the story, fitting right in with all the other small details that make the Lulu series fun, warm, engaging books to read.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how having a pet looks in the Lulu series. What do you think Lulu has to do to take care of her animals before school every morning? Does it seem like a big respnsibility?
Why do you think Lulu is more careful with animals she’s just met? Why is this important?
What are some of your favorite books or movies about animals?
- Author: Hilary McKay
- Illustrator: Priscilla Lamont
- Genre: Animals
- Topics: Adventures, Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co.
- Publication date: March 1, 2014
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 7 - 10
- Number of pages: 112
- Available on: Paperback, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: July 13, 2017
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