Saturday, May 2, 2009

Alex and Lulu

Alex and Lulu are the very best of friends. They enjoy a myriad of activities together, from playing in the park to hosting sleepovers. Of course, this doesn't mean they are joined at the hip. While Alex is climbing every tree is sight at the park, Lulu is quietly studying a line of ants marching through the trees.

While enjoying separate interests, it dawns on Alex just how different they are. He likes to splash about in puddles while Lulu prefers to stay high and dry under her striped umbrella. When Alex is on the fast track to becoming the best soccer player in the world, Lulu would rather enjoy the serenity of nature. Lulu doesn't have even the slightest interest in accompanying Alex on his pretend boat of which he is the captain of the high seas. It occurs to him ... are they too different to remain the best of friends?

Alex voices his concerns to Lulu: does being opposites mean that can't be friends? Of course not, says Lulu. She knows that being different is perfectly fine. Wouldn't it be boring if everyone was exactly the same? Friends don't have to agree on every single activity as long as they enjoy spending time with each other. The most important part of this friendship is that Alex and Lulu have their very best times when they are together!

Obviously, there is a good lesson here: be who you want to be and let everyone else do the same. The illustrations are a perfect match for the message - straightforward in design and bold in color. The design is just simple enough to be attractive and yet contains enough detail to be stimulating. Young readers will enjoy pointing out all sorts of visual differences that aren't specifically mentioned in the storyline.

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