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Lucille Lost: A True Adventure Hardcover – June 1, 2006
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Kindergarten-Grade 3–When a tortoise's owners go on vacation, the reptile takes the opportunity to slip away from her substitute caregivers and have an adventure. Exploring the woods is grand–until Lucille has a scary run-in with a snapping turtle and can't find her way home. Luminous paintings capture the wonder of the natural world. Counteracting the considerable anthropomorphism, Tortoise Facts appear at the bottom of many of the book's pages, offering real information about habitats, diet, and physiology. A low-key additional purchase.–Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
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PreS-Gr. 2. While their owners go on vacation, pet tortoises Lucille and Tanky are taken to another family's home. After Lucille, a Burmese elongated tortoise, becomes separated from the group, a well-meaning bicyclist snatches her and takes her to a pond, thinking she is a wild turtle seeking water. Lucille experiences a scary evening confronting the creatures of a midwestern pond and forest before she is rescued and brought back to her pen. Lucille is a thoroughly anthropomorphized tortoise; she even recognizes herself on a poster advertising her missing status. Her human thoughts and dialogue may not attract children as much as the realistic, colorful illustrations; the close-up of a snapping turtle with a half-devoured fish in its claws is particularly striking. The dramatic images may lure many children to the book and encourage them to empathize with Lucille's plight. Along the way, children will also learn many tortoise facts, which are included as extra text on the bottom of each page. Todd Morning
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Not only does the book have beautiful illustrations, it is filled with great tortoise facts on the bottom of each page. And even though I didn't realize it when I bought the book, it was set in Madison, WI (which is where we live) so that made it even more interesting for my son!
Margaret George is the best-selling author of several historical fiction novels including The Autobiography of Henry the VIII. Lucille Lost is her first and so far only children's book. I hope there will be more.
The illustrations were awesome!!!
What was very unique about this story is how the author (s) gave " Tortoise Facts" on the bottom of the pages, very impressive.
Lovely, Lovely book.
I would recommend you to read this book no matter what age you may be!