Library Lily

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Lily loves to read. She is fascinated by the stories in her books, and reads wherever she goes—through summer, autumn, winter, and spring. But one day, Lily meets a girl who hates reading. Milly invites Lily to have adventures of her own—outside the pages of a book. Together the two friends help each other discover the joy of both backyards and books—and find on the way that adventures are best with a friend along.
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Lily loves to read. She is fascinated by the stories in her books, and reads wherever she goes—through summer, autumn, winter, and spring. But one day, Lily meets a girl who hates reading. Milly invites Lily to have adventures of her own—outside the pages of a book. Together the two friends help each other discover the joy of both backyards and books—and find on the way that adventures are best with a friend along.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
Once Lily's mom gets her a library card of her own, Lily is unstoppable! She reads everywhere (in bed, in the bathroom, at the dinner table) and about everything! Her wide-ranging taste is illustrated both by short "excerpts" from the books as well as illustrations which show snakes, galaxies and monsters emerging from the pages. Her reading spans all seasons as well until, eventually, Mom tells Lily she needs to go outside and play—where she meets Milly, who hates to read. But Milly invites Lily to share in the things she likes to do: "Playing. Climbing. Exploring." Lily and Milly share adventures all summer long, both the outdoor and literary kind, because sharing with a friend is best. Milly even gets her own library card, and Lily writes down all their explorations in a book. This is text that begs to be read aloud from the alliterative title to the last page. Vibrant two-page illustrations convey the excitement of both worlds and this is a book that can easily appeal to bookworms as well as tomboys. Be ready to follow up with some good book recommendations for the latter. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—When Lily learns to read, her mother takes her to the library. From this point on, all the child wants to do is read. She reads in the morning, during the day, and at night; she reads throughout the seasons until one day her mother takes her to the park and urges her to play. There she meets Milly, who hates to read, but shares with Lily the thrill of exploring. Lily introduces her to the adventures in books, and the girls have a grand time doing things together. The simple text includes some dialogue and quotes from the books that Lily is reading and is placed attractively around the illustrations. Bright, vibrant, cartoon artwork enhances the text and evokes a cheerful feeling. The captivating images depict the girls' developing friendship and their exuberance as they discover new interests. The message demonstrates that one can enjoy both reading and exploring, especially when shared with a friend.—Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781862338302
  • Publisher: Gullane Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2011

Meet the Author

Gillian Shields is the author of several picture books, including Ben and Gran and the Whole, Wide, Wonderful World (Macmillan) and The Starlight Baby (Simon & Schuster). She has also written several novels for young adults.

Francesca Chessa has illustrated numerous children's books, including Holly's Red Boots (Holiday House), Farm Friends Clean Up (Crown), and The Mysterious Package (Bloomsbury USA). To learn more, visit her website at www.francescachessa.it.

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