Brave Lily

Brave Lily

by Claire Schumacher

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 Brave Lily and her brother Freddy live with lots of other frogs by a pond in the country. The grown-up frogs tell stories, and each frog is impressed by a different tale: Lily is frightened by the ``Terrible Man'' in a beret who eats frogs' legs, and Freddy loves to hear about the frog who is kissed by a princess. When Freddy decides to be ``discovered'' by a princess, and Lily watches him instead being taken home by a boy wearing a beret, she rescues him from what she assumes will be a terrible fate (Freddy, of course, still naively thinks he's on his way to the castle). The obvious messages, ``there's no place like home'' and that being rash is apt to get you into trouble, are a little heavy-handed, while the more valid message (how strongly the images evoked by stories can affect children) is geared to adult readers. The color illustrations are nicely composed, but they don't have much animation or personality. The text is somewhat stilted, and the use of the present tense sounds awkward when reading the book aloud. Also, without adult intervention, some of the plot elements are confusing. Too many obstacles for full enjoyment of the book. Lauralyn Levesque, Pawtucket Public Lib . , R.I.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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4 - 7 Years

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