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THE ADVENTURES OF LADY; THE BIG STORM

Author: Iris Pearson & Mike Merrill

Illustrator: Project Firefly Animation Studios

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Publisher: The Adventures of Lady, LLC, ©2007

Material: hard cover

Summary: Lady (a squirrel) tells us her family's story. After a big storm blew her nest out of the tree, she got separated from her family. Thanks to animal rescue, she had a place to live, but what about her family? Lady teaches us that you can find happiness in a new place. This picture book is a fictionalized account of a squirrel who survived Hurricane Charley.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Age of Child: Read with child nearly 6 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: Despite our child's love of animals (including squirrels), we couldn't get much interest or reaction about this book.

Adult Reader Reaction: We read this with our child a couple of times over a week, but then s/he didn't want to read it any more. This is a sweet story, but it just didn't grab us. We like the idea that the book introduces several themes, including fear, loss, and adoption, in a way that young children can understand.

Pros: The bright illustrations complement this story, that has a positive message. The vocabulary is perfect for a first-grade reader.

Cons: There is no information about Hurricane Charley in the book.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a nice book. Odds are children will start naming the squirrels in your neighborhood "Lady."

If You Liked This Book, Try: MR. GEORGE AND THE RED HAT   YESTERDAY WE HAD A HURRICANE AYER TUVIMOS UN HURACAN   10 THINGS I CAN DO TO HELP MY WORLD

Educational Themes: In addition to using the book to practice reading, the story offers several themes: personal loss, whether it's a home or family member; adoption; fear; weather, particularly hurricanes; and animal rescue, including safe handling of wildlife.

Notes: Winner - 2007 New York Book Festival. Coloring book is also available through The Adventures of Lady Website

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal stories

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2007

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