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Lulu the Big Little Chick Hardcover – June 23, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a birthday gift for our 3 year-old & she has enjoyed having it read to her many times.Published on July 17, 2013 by LegoMom
My grandchildren (toddler and pre-school) and I just love Paulette Bogan's Goodnight Lulu, and we were excited to add this newer book to our library. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Pasadena Granny
The artist is also the author. I had read Chicks & Salsa with another author but this artist. I read to elementary grades and want them to appreciate dramatic reading as well as... Read morePublished on November 5, 2011 by Susan A. Masters
Our family is so glad Lulu and Momma are back. What a great story about exploring the world around you (but not too far of course). Read morePublished on March 8, 2010 by Erika Navin
A young chick decides to explore the greater barnyard world: Lulu leaves the henhouse wearing a scarf and carrying her bag, and she declares, "I am big and I am going far, far... Read morePublished on December 10, 2009 by Kirsten G. Cutler
The exploits of Lulu the little chick continue in this latest by author-illustrator Paulette Bogan. Young Lulu is sick of being small and decides to go far, far, away, even leaving... Read morePublished on October 7, 2009 by Z Hayes
After 3 boys and 16 years of bedtime reading -- I have read more than my share of children's books. Read morePublished on August 4, 2009 by Georgianna Forbes
I love Lulu -- and author, Paulette Bogan, clearly loves her too. Written and illustrated from the heart with a great sense of humor. Read morePublished on July 30, 2009 by Beyonce Fitzgibbon