Saturday, 30 June 2012

Lou Lou Review

We love books, given how many reviews I have done for them lately might give you some idea.  But it’s surprising how you can still find little gems with new subject material out there.  I liked this very real book.  The illustrations of the Maldives were quite beautiful but other sections quite dark and moody, they really set the scene for what you are reading.

It is a good book to introduce your children to the effects of global warning.  It is very educational learning about our impact on the environment (meaning ocean levels are raising impacting life on the island).  Sadly in the story Lou Lou, her family and many others are forced to leave their homes. 

Very descriptive text highlight the sorrow of moving away and then suddenly the book is full of colour and magic with the appearance of a mermaid with a magical necklace for Lou Lou.

I must admit I envy Lou Lou for her list of important possessions, a map, book of dancing and an encyclopedia.  Shows how bright this six year old is with simple needs and wants.  If I asked my five year old about his am sure his favourite possessions would be the Wii and his DS (maybe a good thing we will be living without them for a week soon!).

This book leaves it open ended for plenty more adventures about Lou Lou’s travels finding a new home.  The author Safia Guerras has travelled extensively so you know that what she writes will be engaging and enriched in culture.  Possibly helping your child develop a love of exploration and a thirst for knowledge about the world around them.

The addition of a glossary at the end is very helpful so the targeted primary school readers can develop their comprehension. 

With an RRP of £9.99, Lou Lou is available in all good book shops.  I feel sad I was so ignorant of how catastrophically affected the islands have been by climate change, so I am glad to read books like these to hopefully educate and inform my boys.

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