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Lulu the Big Little Chick Hardcover – June 23, 2009

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PreSchool-Grade 2—Fed up with the restrictions that come with being so small, Lulu decides to leave the farm. With her pink purse and striped scarf, she passes the pigs, where she is quickly splashed with mud. She ventures on, entering the sheep pen. Her journey continues as she meets a horse and a cow, her anxiety growing with each encounter. Once the little chick finally reaches "far, far away," she is paralyzed with fear and mother hen swoops in. It becomes apparent that far away was never beyond mother's watchful eye. Just as in the author's Goodnight Lulu (Bloomsbury, 2003), large and bright watercolor-and-ink illustrations fill the pages, making this a great choice for group sharing. Small details abound and encourage a closer look at the background. Team this up with Margaret Wise Brown's The Runaway Bunny (HarperCollins, 1942) and Harry Horse's Little Rabbit Runaway (Peachtree, 2005) for a storytime on fleeing youngsters.—Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
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Lulu of Goodnight, Lulu (2003) is a little chick who doesn’t like being reminded of that fact. Maybe she should go far, far away, where others wouldn’t see her as too small to do things. She does, but at every turn there’s a pig, sheep, or horse telling her to stay put (after almost stepping on her because she’s so small). None of that stops Lulu, but when she finally gets away, she finds out her animal friends have a point. Humor abounds in both the story and the watercolor-and-ink art (especially the animal close-ups), and though the plot may be familiar, it is still heartfelt. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (June 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599903431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599903439
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Impeccably crafted and stylishly illustrated, Lulu is the imaginative brainchild of author/illustrator Paulette Bogan. I initially saw her work in the "Chicks and Salsa," in which her illustrations added pizzazz to a zany barnyard caper. Here, Bogan is both author and illustrator, and her spare, straight style is an effective counterpoint to her boldly realized animal portraits, exaggerated just enough to impart character and personality--a signature style for this very talented illustrator.

Young chicken Lulu, tired of hearing that she is too "climb the big fence" or "play in the cornfield," declares that she is leaving home, by herself, to go "far, far, away." Momma Hen calmly bids her chicklet goodbye rather than battling her. One gets the feeling that Mama is wiser than your usual mother hen, and has some experience with youthful cravings (and that human parents could learn a thing or two from her).

Lulu, wearing nothing but a red and black scarf (!) and carrying a small traveling bag, begins her trek to the "far far away." Her first stop is the pig sty, where one mischievous piglet "accidently" splashes her with mud. In a wonderful two-page spread, we see mud-spattered Lulu against a sea of snout-faced swine laying around like a pig mélange. It's unpleasant for Lulu, but very funny for the reader. There are similar unsuccessful encounters with even larger animals: sheep who almost crush her, and a horse and a cow who tell her what she least wants to hear: "You are too little to go far, far away." The cow even laughs at her with a big, bovine "Ha!" At this point, I felt a little sorry for Lulu; there's an air of defeat, as if her dreams were too big for her size.
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Format: Hardcover
Two broody hens were reading and knitting when Lulu's Momma was telling her she was just too darn small to go very far without her. Lulu had on her scarf and her dazzling pocket book was by her side. Lulu couldn't lay eggs, climb fences, and she was "too little to play in the cornfield. It may have been true, but she had other plans and claimed, "NO. I am big and I am going far, far away." Yep, that was that and she was going. She picked up her dazzling pocket book and off she went.

Mrs. Pig wanted to know just where that little chicken was headed and Lulu firmly replied, "I am going far, far away." All she got in return was covered in mud and that included her special dazzling pocket book. Next she went to visit the sheep and almost got squished to death. Hmmmmm . . . not far enough away for sure! Momma, who just happened to be slinking along behind Lulu, gave her a little wave and said good-bye again. The horses weren't far away and neither were the clumsy cows. She began to run with her dazzling pocket book and soon she was alone next to a dark wooded forest. Lulu was startled when she heard a frightening sound, "CAW, CAW, CAW!" Had she gone too far this time?

This charmingly delightful story will bring a smile to every parent's face when little Lulu tries to run away from home. Many little ones get upset when they are told they are too little to do this or too little to do that. This hilarious tale will surely resonate with them. Lulu's determination to show everyone, especially her Momma, that she was big enough to go "far, far away" will strike a chord with many a parent who has seen a small packed bag in little hands. I do remember that stage and broke into a wide smile when I saw Lulu's dazzling pocket book by her side. This darling book is perfect for anyone who has that little someone who is too small to go anywhere alone!
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Little Lulu, a chick, dreams of being big and traveling far, far, away. She leaves the barn and travels by the pig sty and the sheep pen, all the way to the horse and cow pasture. But as Lulu reaches the farthest edge of the farm, she starts to want to be back at the barn with her Momma and the other chicks. Just then, her Momma comes to the rescue, promising to bring Lulu with her the next time she goes far away. Children ages 2-5 will love this story of growing independence.
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Everywhere Lulu goes the farm animals remind her that she is too small to do anything! She is sick and tired of it. She decides to run away and find a place where she is appreciated. Lulu sets off in to the wide world. After traveling a ways she finds out that he misses her home and her mother and it's ok to be little and taken care of after all. Kids can relate to Lulu. Sometimes they can't wait to grow up and other times they realize how much fun it is just to be a kid!
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Lulu is just plain tired of being the smallest chick on the farm. She is constantly being told she is much too little to do anything fun. She's not big enough for laying eggs, playing in the cornfield or climbing the big fence! Fed up, Lulu loudly announces she is big enough to go far, far away from her mama. She packs her pink bag and sets off down the lane.

Lulu finds the pig pen awfully messy, though she can clean herself up with no help from Momma, thank you very much. The sheep pen is terribly crowded ... and it turns out the cow and horse are, gulp, rather large up close. In her haste to escape from those situations, Lulu finds herself smack dab in a dark forest and she's quite alone. She discovers it to be quite scary, even for a big chick like herself.

Just as Lulu is feeling miserable and terrified, she hears a familiar voice. Her momma is there to scoop her up with soft wings and hug her tightly. And Lulu knows home is where she wants to be, safe and sound in her coop. After all, there's plenty of time to be big later. Maybe being big isn't all it's cracked up to be. Sometimes it can be fun to be the little guy and just be loved and taken care of.

This book is Lulu's second book, as she previously starred in Goodnight Lulu. Fans of the first book will be happy to see the format of fresh, bright colors and subtle humor is continued here. I love how one hen is knitting pants with the appropriate dimensions to fit chicken feet, and the pigs cavort on the fence in the background. Children will easily identify with how desperately Lulu wants to be recognized as a big chick, and yet how scary the process can sometimes seem. A tale with a great lesson: Don't be in such a hurry to grow up!
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