Starring Lucille

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Lucille the Pig, introduced in Lucille’s Snowsuit, is back and it’s her birthday. She gets to open one present early: a tutu, crown, and ballet shoes from her grandparents. Lucille spends all the days before her birthday rehearsing for a performance for her family. Then her older brother and sister try to steal the limelight. Lucille, of course, manages to upstage them, and ...
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Overview

Lucille the Pig, introduced in Lucille’s Snowsuit, is back and it’s her birthday. She gets to open one present early: a tutu, crown, and ballet shoes from her grandparents. Lucille spends all the days before her birthday rehearsing for a performance for her family. Then her older brother and sister try to steal the limelight. Lucille, of course, manages to upstage them, and has a very happy birthday after all. A funny and right-on-target book with great appeal to young children.


From the Hardcover edition.

Lucille's brother and sister try to upstage her during her ballet performance on her fourth birthday, but they do not succeed.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kathryn Lasky's porker takes center stage once more in Starring Lucille, illus. by Marylin Hafner. In this follow-up to Lucille's Snowsuit, the titular piglet's birthday tutu arrives early in the mail. Humorous illustrations chronicle her extended preparations for a birthday performance. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly
In this follow-up to Lucille's Snowsuit, the titular piglet's birthday tutu arrives early in the mail. Humorous illustrations chronicle her extended preparations for a birthday performance. Ages 3-7. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Lucille, a charming pink pig, is the youngest sibling in a familiar family group; her older brother and sister know more, can do more and have all the strategies for impressing Lucille with their superior power and sophistication. When an early birthday present from Grandma arrives, Lucille adores the glamorous pink tutu. She imagines herself as a famous dancer and practices every step, turn and twirl she can invent in preparation for a birthday performance. Parents everywhere will recognize the challenge of encouraging Lucille's spirit and interest while keeping the teasing of the older children (patiently) in check. They succeed admirably, and the birthday celebration proceeds with the perfect combination of imagination preserved, goals realized, and kind behavior triumphant amid good humor all around. Marilyn Hafner's charming, expressive illustrations are just right. From the clever details that perfectly complement the plot to the knowing looks of the pig parents, she has captured the spirit of what's real and best in family life. Parents and teachers will love reading this amusing, touching book to their children. 2001, Alfred A. Knopf, $14.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Anne Field<%ISBN%>051780039X
School Library Journal
PreS-Lucille has put away the winter clothes she wore in Lucille's Snowsuit (Crown, 2000) and can't wait to wear the lovely tutu grandma has sent her for her fourth birthday. Her older sister and brother, Frances and Franklin, tease the little piglet, who remains undaunted in her determination to put on a birthday performance. At last the big day arrives and Lucille twirls, "pirouettes," says Frances; and stands on one leg, "An arabesque," announces mother. The music stops and everyone claps for the birthday ballerina. Tired and content, Lucille falls asleep dreaming about her day. Delightful, whimsical watercolor illustrations chronicle the further adventures of this preschool pig and her family.-Doris Gebel, Northport-East Northport Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Prepare a place for yet another precocious piglet protagonist with panache, this time the youngest in a family of three little pigs: Frances, Franklin, and budding ballerina Lucille. She appeared in a previous collaboration (Lucille's Snowsuit, 2000), and this story finds little Lucille determined to have her moment in the spotlight by performing on her fifth birthday for her family. She wants to pirouette at her party in her new ballet shoes, tutu, and crown, despite her lack of formal dance training. Her older siblings attempt to squash Lucille's bids for attention, but their calm, wise parents corral the older piglets and help little Lucille celebrate her birthday in her own way, showing the sort of skillful parenting that subconsciously reassures preschoolers. Hafner's charming watercolors are filled with delightful details of a busy family, and her anthropomorphic pig characters are both expressive and believable, even when brother Franklin rides in on his bike wearing Lucille's tutu as a hat. Lasky's witty text effectively captures the dynamics of family life and the feelings of a youngest child, with a tale that is reminiscent of the Frances stories. Give that ham a hand: Lucille is a lovable star who deserves another encore. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440417965
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/13/2003
  • Series: Lucille the Pig Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn Lasky is the author of Lucille’s Snowsuit and Lucille Camps In, along with numerous other books for children.

Marylin Hafner has illustrated more than 100 children’s books, including Lunch Bunnies and Science Fair Bunnies, which she collaborated on with Kathryn Lasky.
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