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Ladybug Girl And Bumblebee Boy (2009)

by David Soman(Favorite Author)
4.11 of 5 Votes: 5
0803733399 (ISBN13: 9780803733398)
review 1: Husband and wife team, David Soman and Jacky Davis, pair up again to bring us the companion book to Ladybug Girl. Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy is an empowering story packed with superhero action, cooperation, and compromise that is sure to captivate the imaginations of even its youngest intended audience members. Realistic dialogue coupled with colorfully painted illustrations brings to life the innocence and often difficulties of forming new friendships.Lulu, dressed as Ladybug Girl, can’t wait to go to her favorite playground. Looking for someone to play with, she spots Sam, a boy from her music class. After suggesting multiple ideas, she and Sam can’t agree on what to play. Then, Lulu asks if he wants to play “Ladybug Girl.” Intrigued, Sam invents his al... moreter-ego Bumblebee Boy and the two are off to save the world from a scary monster (a squirrel) and a mean robot (the tire swing). When Marley and Kiki ask to join in, the group has to compromise when an argument breaks out and the Bug Squad is officially born!After reading their first book, Ladybug Girl, I knew that I wanted to get my hands on a few others in the series and this one is sure not to disappoint! I LOVED it! The story will resonate true with children ages 3-6 as they are learning to play with others and don’t always agree on what to play. I also especially love that Lulu isn’t your typical female protagonist portrayed as overly girly and only interested in princesses and pink. It is great that the book shows how a young boy and girl can get along and find something to play together. The illustrations are beautifully done and portray great use of perspective, energy, and movement. As a teacher, this book makes for a great read aloud in a PreK, Kindergarten, and first grade classrooms and lends itself perfectly to teaching and practicing skills such as making predictions and making connections. Young children are sure to fall in love with this developing series!
review 2: I love this book, and so does my son! This is an all-around great book. But in addition to that...I make a conscious decision to choose books that feature female protagonists without promoting sexist female stereotypes. (I dunno if that sounds weird, but I don't want my son growing up thinking women or "girl" things are lesser or bad or dumb. I also don't want him thinking that girls can only be princesses and dress up.) This book perfectly fits the bill. Ladybug Girl is obviously a GIRL, but she's creative and fun and imaginative. She also plays with boys without question. My son has never been exposed to the "That's for GIRLS" or "That's for BOYS" attitude, so it ticks me off when kid's books go straight for presenting girls and boys as being at odds and needing reconciliation or understanding of some sort. This book just assumes that Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee boy should have no problem playing together, even if they have some differences about what constitutes "fun" play.The other thing I liked - that it took me several readings to "get" - is how Bumblebee Boy is afraid of heights. At first I thought he just didn't like Lulu's choices for play, but then I realized she keeps suggesting things that involve heights, and he goes from "I don't like that" to just being silent because he doesn't want to admit it. And then once he and Lulu start playing together, he overcomes his fear! Very nice and subtle. less
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It's cool how they pretend that the tire swing is a robot and the slide is a snake.
This is a great book about celebrating yourself and always believing in yourself!
This is one of my son's favorite books and one that we re-read at least weekly.
Great book, especially for parents of children who like to dress up!
Friendship, compromise
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