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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Lucy in the City: A Story About Developing Spatial Thinking Skills

I have a fondness for the name Lucy, as my canine niece holds this moniker. She also lives in the city, so when I had the opportunity to pick up Lucy in the City: A Story About Developing Spatial Thinking Skills by Julie Dillemuth and illustrated by Laura Wood, I grabbed it and ran.

Lucy is a young racoon who heads out one night with her family to forage for food in the city. She doesn't listen, however, and is so engrossed in a jar of peanut butter that she doesn't notice her family has left her. Scared and alone, she decides to find her way home. With the help of an owl flying high above her in the sky, she remembers bits and pieces about the walk to the trash cans and slowly but surely makes her way back home. 

Well, isn't Lucy just positively adorable? Who wouldn't love her? The illustrations are super fun in this book, with Lucy being scrumptious and the city blocks coming alive from a bird's eye view. I particularly fell in love with the family sneaking around the city at the beginning of the book to find food. It was ridiculously cute. Lucy was a sweet character, and I could easily understand the fear that struck her when she realized her family was gone. (One question -- did the family have so many kids that they really didn't realize they left Lucy behind with her nose in a peanut butter jar??? Touche.) Her finding her way home was clever and sweet, and really taught a great lesson about how important it is to take a deep breath and take challenges one small step at a time. 
The real live Lucy
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