The Thing Lou Couldn't Do

The Thing Lou Couldn't Do

by Ashley Spires

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Overview

"Lou and her friends are BRAVE adventurers. They run FASTER than airplanes. They build MIGHTY fortresses. They rescue WILD animals." But one day, when they're looking for a ship to play pirates in, Lou's friend has an idea: "Up there! The tree can be our ship!" "Ummm ..." says Lou. This is something new. Lou has never climbed a tree before, and she's sure she can't do it. So she tries to convince her friends to play a not-up-a-tree game. When that doesn't work, she comes up with reasons for not joining them — her arm is sore, her cat needs a walk, you shouldn't climb so soon after eating. Finally, she tells herself she doesn't want to climb the tree. But is that true, or is this brave adventurer just too afraid to try?

This delightful picture book from Ashley Spires, bestselling author of The Most Magnificent Thing, perfectly depicts what children go through when confronted with something difficult. With humor and endearing artwork, Spires sensitively portrays Lou procrastinating, making excuses, imagining alternatives and denying she cares. Ultimately, Lou faces her fear, and although she fails, the effort empowers her, encouraging a growth mindset. All the while, Lou's friends model compassionate friendship by offering to teach her how to climb and then moving the game. This book makes a perfect choice for a character education discussion about courage or resilience, or a life-skills lesson on facing challenges. The story also promotes the joy of imaginative play in the outdoors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771387279
Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 38,422
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley currently lives in British Columbia.

Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley currently lives in British Columbia.

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KateUnger More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Lou loves adventures. She and her friends go on many make-believe adventures, and she's very brave. But when her friends suggest making a tree their pirate ship, Lou thinks of every excuse why she can't climb the tree. She's afraid. She's never climbed a tree before. Finally, with her pirate costume on, she works up enough courage to try. And the best part? She can't do it. She will have to come back and try again until she can. I loved that she couldn't just climb the tree. It shows the struggle kids really face with trying new things. And it talked about persistence and trying until you succeed. The illustrations in this book were adorable and completely appropriate. They added a lot to the tale. The kids' facial expressions were terrific. The text was placed all over the pages too because several pages has multiple images. This made the book more interesting to read. I'll have to get this book from the library, so I can read it with my son. It's too hard to read the eARC with him on my laptop. http://www.momsradius.com/2017/05/kid-lit-thing-lou-couldnt-do.html