Loula and the Sister Recipe

Loula and the Sister Recipe

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Loula's three brothers, the Rotten Pirate Triplets, don't want to play with her. ?Brothers,? mutters Loula, ?the worst invention in the world.' She decides what she really needs is a sister, one just like her. So naturally, she asks her parents to make one for her. Only, it's not that easy. Her father explains, ?Making a sister is . . . well, it's like making a cake. You need the right ingredients.' To make a sister, they say, you need a papa and a mama, butterflies in the stomach, a full moon, a candlelit supper, kisses and hugs and chocolate. Well, that's no problem. Loula can follow this recipe! And she sets out with her loyal sidekick, the chauffeur Gilbert, to do just that.

This second picture book written and illustrated by Anne Villeneuve about the charming and witty Loula firmly establishes her as a classic character who will endure in the hearts of young children. Her slightly eccentric home life adds a delightful whimsy to Loula's escapades, even while the book deals with the very common experience of wishing for a sibling. The artwork, with several different scenes laid out across each spread, is full of energy and expression. Loula's own unique blend of imagination and verve provides an empowering, inspiring and positive message, particularly for girls, that you should take matters into your own hands to improve your life. There are great character education lessons here on taking the initiative and exhibiting resilience when seeking a solution.
Publisher: Toronto : Kids Can Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9781771381130
Branch Call Number: JP Ville
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm


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Jan 04, 2015

Loula has triplet brothers, but no sisters. She asks here parents to get her one. They tell her that making a sister requires the right ingredients. So Loula sets out to set the stage. She buys chocolates, captures butterflies and waits for the moonlight. The ingredients bring a surprise even if it wasn't exactly what Loula was expecting.

The illustrations are done in pen and watercolor giving a more muted feeling. Loula reminds me very much of Eloise. She is high energy, intelligent and lives in a wealthy home.

The book was humorous and fun. This book is advertised for ages 3-7. But the humor and the illustrative style is a bit mature. I don't know that 3-4 year olds would understand much of the book. I think it would be best for ages 5-8.

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