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Little Lola Hardcover – April 22, 2014
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PreS-Gr 1—Frisky spreads depict Little Lola's joyful day at school. The curious stray cat discovers, then dons, human attire and boards a school bus. Once in class, she writes her name, does math, and enjoys goldfish-shaped crackers. Despite her gaffe of presenting a live mouse at show-and-tell, Lola's clean-up skills permit an invitation to return the next day. Gothard depicts spot-on feline expressions and Lola's wardrobe, which includes pink eyeglasses, red sneakers, and leggings, is charming. Lola's impressive academic skills despite her humble beginnings may puzzle some readers who also might question her contentment at returning to the streets at night. Nonetheless, this is a fun and energetic introduction to the school experience.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kids who love the escapades of Olivia, Angelina Ballerina, and Curious George should be ready to rollick with alley cat Lola, whose daily to-do list contains the entry: Have an adventure. At the book’s beginning, Lola is awakened on a park bench by falling apples. She then finds a trail of discarded garments, including a flouncy skirt, a striped T-shirt, purple glasses, and a backpack, all of which she dons. The trail leads to the open door of a school bus, which Lola happily hops on. Lola then walks into a classroom, loving the fact that there is a place for everything and everyone—including a goldfish and a mouse. The class welcomes her, and Lola revels in the activities, such as adding and subtracting with goldfish crackers. During show-and-tell, Lola holds up the mouse as a shadow puppet, resulting in merry chaos. Gothard’s watercolors of the cat doing kid stuff are suitably cheery and plenty goofy. This looks like the first in a series, and it could have legs. (And a tail.) Preschool-Grade 2. --Connie Fletcher
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Julie's narrative is simple and straightforward which creates an opportunity for pre-school children to enhance their skills at identifying letters and words in order to build reading skills.
Although I teach at the university level, it is obvious to me that this is the type of book which helps pre-schoolers to get a head start on their education. I liked the book so much, I bought a copy for each of my pre-school grandchildren. Thanks, David and Julie! I am hopeful that you will write additional books on the adventures of Little Lola!!
Lola is sleeping in the park when she is woken up by an apple falling on her head. She has big plans. One of them is to have an adventure. Lola finds a pair of pink glasses, a blue skirt, a red stripped shirt and a pink backpack. Dressed and ready to go, she hops on the school bus.
At school, Lola practices reading, writing, math, art and singing. She especially loves story time and show and tell. Her contribution is a live mouse which causes a mess that Lola promptly puts back in order (almost). School is over and Lola is back at the park for a nap.
It is a perfect first day of school book but it also is a fun beginning reader. There are only a few words on each page, the font is easy to read and some of the harder words are clearly illustrated to help in decoding.
Another picture book with few words, preschool and kindergarten students will be able to sit still for this story, and enjoy discussing Lola's school adventures.
*NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review