Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Loula and the Sister Recipe by Anne Villeneuve-ADVISABLE

Villeneuve, Anne Loula and the Sister Recipe. Kids Can Press, 2014. $16.95. Picture Book.  Content: G. Loula has triples brothers who enjoy their time together playing pirates and other imaginary games.  When Loula asks if she can join her brothers, the answer is always, “NO!”  Loula wishes desperately for a sister so that she too will have a permanent playmate.  She asks her parents to please make her a sister.  “Oh! Ahem…” says mother.  “Making a sister is like making a cake.  You have to have the right ingredients.” says father.  “Like what?” asks Loula.  As list of various items such as butterflies, a full moon and a candlelit dinner are mentioned, Loula makes a mental note not to forget any of them.  The journey to “make a sister” begins by gathering the necessary ingredients with the help of a very confused family chauffeur . The story is sweet, sentimental and very entertaining.  Little ones will love the surprise ending.  The illustrations are unique and inviting.  This is a fun book celebrating family, imagination and life.  Pre-K.  EL (K-3). ADVISABLE. Reviewer: SL.

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