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Lulu loves to climb trees. She saves cats, retrieves kites and climbs trees that others won’t. When Lulu gets sick though, she can’t climb trees for awhile. She misses the trees and the trees and birds miss her too. As Lulu looks out of her window, only the sun is climbing the tree. But then she notices the tree’s shadow on her bedroom wall and Lulu realizes that she can still pretend to be high in the branches. Scanlon’s writing is rich and simple at the same time. She speaks about the joy of climbing trees and then with poignancy shows how much Lulu misses being outside and being up in tree branches. The illustrations by Hooper are done with printmaking and have a traditional and organic feel that adds to the connection with nature felt on the pages. Get this into the hands of children with skinned knees and sunburned noses. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2017
What a gorgeous book! I love the simplicity of Scanlon's words, how they evoke not only Lulu's personality, but an appreciation of the natural world. The illustrations are striking, color-wise, and also convey exactly what the words seemed to convey. One of Liz Garton Scanlon's best books, and that's saying a lot.
A lovely story about a little girl loves to climb (which drew in my rambunctious, daredevil, always-moving five year old) but then gets stuck in bed sick. Her imagination keeps her from being trapped. Beautiful story, gorgeous illustrations. Highly recommend for 3 and up. Also a gift idea for any kid in your life who may be facing illness.