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Lulu's Birthday Hardcover – December 26, 2000
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-During the summer, Laurie and J. Matthew spent many happy hours on trips to the beach, the zoo, the ballet, the movies, and the baseball game with Lulu, their lively, gray-haired friend. Now she wants to celebrate her birthday with them by revisiting one of these places. Together, they reminisce about their good times there, but the children have something else planned. They blindfold Lulu and walk her in circles back to her own home where her family and neighborhood friends wait with the special cake that the youngsters made at Aunt Flossie's house. Cummings's distinctive illustrations bring warmth and joy to this story that celebrates the importance of family, friends, and shared memories.
Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 3-6. The joy of a surprise party, especially when you're in on the secret, is the center of this delightful picture book. Laurie and J. Matthew are with their favorite aunt Lulu on her birthday. She wants them to help her celebrate and she suggests they go back to a place they enjoyed during the summer. Should they go the zoo? The movies? A baseball game? The beach? The pictures of the kids whispering and scheming are as much fun as the scenes of the happy times they remember with their aunt. And then there's the climax, when they tell Aunt Lulu to close her eyes and lead her to a celebration party with friends and family. The words and bright pictures are simple, clear, and relaxed, showing an African American family across generations. Preschoolers will enjoy the suspense, and they'll want to hear the story again to be part of the loving trick. Hazel Rochman
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The book is about Laurie and J. Matthew, two youngsters who have been spending the summer with an older woman named Lulu. Together, they all plan to celebrate Lulu's birthday. The book is full of colorful illustrations; Cummings does an effective job of depicting the images in the characters' imaginations as they plan the party.