The Thing Lou Couldn't Do

The Thing Lou Couldn't Do
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April 02, 2017
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This delightful picture book from Ashley Spires, bestselling author of The Most Magnificent Thing, perfectly depicts what children go through when confronted with something difficult. With humor and endearing artwork, Spires sensitively portrays Lou procrastinating, making excuses, imagining alternatives and denying she cares. Ultimately, Lou faces her fear, and although she fails, the effort empowers her, encouraging a growth mindset. All the while, Lou s friends model compassionate friendship by offering to teach her how to climb and then moving the game. This book makes a perfect choice for a character education discussion about courage or resilience, or a life-skills lesson on facing challenges. The story also promotes the joy of imaginative play in the outdoors.

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A Splendid Picture Book about Facing Challenges
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The first thing that occurred to me when I read this book was how much I could relate to the protagonist, Lou. I used to be the least adventurous person in my group of friends, and I’d always have spectacular excuses for procrastinating something I was scared of doing. Things haven’t changed much, unfortunately!
Lou and her friends are solid adventurers—they do all sorts of fun things like rescuing wild animals and building impenetrable fortress. Lou herself wants to be a deep-sea diver or a race-car driver or a pirate! Ah, speaking of pirates—her friends want to take their adventure to an all new level . . . by making a tree their ship. Lou, however, has a hundred good reasons not to climb that tree. But when her excuses run out, she has no choice but to rise above her fears.
THE THING LOU COULDN’T DO is a splendid picture book that addresses childhood fears in a light and entertaining way. The illustrations are simple but charming and complement the text wonderfully. I especially loved the ending because it didn’t show Lou overcoming the challenge successfully the first time. Instead, the emphasis was on the fact that she tried and was willing to persevere.
Honestly, I’d recommend this to adults as well.
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