Lilly to the Rescue

Overview

Lilly's best friend moved to another city and she's been looking for a new best friend ever since. She thinks new girl Minna is the one-she's smart, pretty, talented and brave-and Lilly does her best to be Minna's pal. So when some of the tough girls at school start to bully little Minna, Lilly's there to warn them off. But Lilly can't always be there to protect her, and in some ways she just makes a bad situation worse. Lilly soon gets a reputation as a "bossy-boots" for making others do what she says. She'll ...

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Overview

Lilly's best friend moved to another city and she's been looking for a new best friend ever since. She thinks new girl Minna is the one-she's smart, pretty, talented and brave-and Lilly does her best to be Minna's pal. So when some of the tough girls at school start to bully little Minna, Lilly's there to warn them off. But Lilly can't always be there to protect her, and in some ways she just makes a bad situation worse. Lilly soon gets a reputation as a "bossy-boots" for making others do what she says. She'll have to think hard about when to be tough, and when to be gentle, if she's going to find a new best friend. Lilly to the Rescue is a story about a girl who learns that no matter how tough you are, there are always times when it's better to be gentle.

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Children's Literature - Kathleen Kelly
More than anything, Lilly wants a best friend. She hopes that her neighbor Minna will want the job, and sets out to prove her loyalty by protecting Minna and Kendall (another neighbor) from the school bully. When her classmates label her "Bossy-boots" because of her strong personality, Lilly is heartbroken, convinced that Minna sees her in the same way. At first determined to curb her take-charge tendencies, Lilly finds that bossiness is sometimes an asset when she saves Kendall from a dog he has foolishly baited. Minna comforts Lilly with an "old Chinese saying": "To save foolish person, wise person must sometimes be bossy." The tone and reading level of this simple story are ideal for transitional readers, though a few Canadianisms ("favourite", "Hallowe'en") may confuse some children. Bellingham shows a remarkable respect for and understanding of the nature of childhood friendships, where a single misread look can cause a mountain of hurt feelings.
Canadian Book Review Annual
"...this book is worth consideration, particularly for a school or public library collection. Recommended."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887803871
  • Publisher: Formac Publishing Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Series: First Novels Series , #1
  • Pages: 61
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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