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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Lulu's Pajamas, written by Lucie Papineau and illustrated by Stephane Jorisch. Kids Can, 2009. $16.95 ages 2 and up

"My name is Lulu. This is Mama and Papa, the best mama and papa in the world. And this, of course, is Lili-Poo, my one and only ladybug."

Simple text, expressive illustrations and a story meant to validate the need for a young child to have a say in clothing choice...this is a story that will be read repeatedly at bedtime for its reassuring and relevant issues. Mama is always willing to share a story and Papa sings a goodnight song, as Lulu snuggles up with Lili-Poo and her favorite pajamas. When Lulu decides that she cannot bear to take them off in the morning, her parents are aghast. But Lulu wins out and off she goes to school in her pjs. A long day and lots of play leave her attire a little worse for wear and not smelling as they once did. In fact, they are quite crusty and delapidated by the end of it. Ah, well! Lulu's happy...her sure voice rings true to the telling and Stephane Jorisch adds another set of just right illustrations to bring this determined daughter to life.

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