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|Another way to climb a tree|
Author: Scanlon, Elizabeth Garton
When Lulu's feeling well, she climbs every tree in sight. But when Lulu's sick, all she has is her imagination and a shadow.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (06/15/17)
School Library Journal (06/01/17)
The Hornbook (00/07/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 05/15/2017 Lulu’s specialty is climbing trees: the tallest, widest ones; those with big knots and sticky sap; the ones that trap cats and catch kites; and the kind that other kids won’t even attempt. When Lulu gets sick and must stay indoors, nothing is quite right. The trees miss her, the birds stop singing, and only the sun and the moon are able to climb the branches. But when Lulu turns her back to the window, she discovers the tree’s shadow projected on her bedroom wall, just waiting to be climbed. The author of All the World (2009) here solves an unusual problem with an imaginative solution. Hooper’s colorful artwork complements Scanlon’s lilting prose. The trees in Lulu’s neighborhood take center stage, displaying gnarly trunks, distinctively shaped leaves, and multiple hues of green, often set against pink or yellow backgrounds for maximum contrast. This makes a good choice for Arbor or Earth Day story hours, especially when paired with an informational title such as Durga Yael Bernhard’s Just like Me, Climbing a Tree (2015). - Copyright 2017 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 06/01/2017 PreS-Gr 2—Daredevils will cheer redheaded Lulu's bravery. Clad in short overalls, she scales only the most challenging trees—those with the stickiest sap, the ones that catch kites, and even trees other kids fall out of. When Lulu is sick and confined to bed, she's missed by the birds and trees, and she woefully watches the sun and moon take over her climbing routes. Lulu's jealousy disappears when she discovers that the enormous shadow on her bedroom wall is of "the tallest, widest, biggest tree of all," which she proceeds to climb, swing from, and hide in…with her imagination. Scanlon celebrates the simple pleasure of nature. Hooper's relief prints use a soft palette and retro line figures, including Lulu's white dog, who always tags along. Details such as Lulu clasping a teddy bear as she climbs and her laurel headband add charm. VERDICT The serene tone and pace cleverly balance the heroine's restlessness. Introduce this for Earth Day, for Arbor Day, or with themes of imagination. A perfect choice for anyone stuck inside on a glorious day.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.