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The Thing Lou Couldn't Do

Lou and her friends are BRAVE adventurers. But one day, when they're looking for a ship to play pirates in, Lou's friend has an idea: "Up there! The tree can be our ship!" "Ummm..." says Lou. This is something new. Lou has never climbed a tree before, and she's sure she can't do it. So she tries to convince her friends to play a not-up-a-tree game. When that doesn't work, she comes up with reasons for not joining them — her arm is sore, her cat needs a walk, you shouldn't climb so soon after eating. Finally, she tells herself she doesn't want to climb the tree. But is that true, or is this brave adventurer just too afraid to try?

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. Ultimately, Lou faces her fear, and although she fails, the effort empowers her, encouraging a growth mindset and prompting kids to find their courage when faced with something new.

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"[Lou] finally admits to her friends that she cannot climb a tree. Lou inventively imagines alternate ways of joining her mateys in the branches: a trampoline, a pole vault, or a helicopter. Then a cry for help encourages Lou to put on her eye patch and climb aboard. Up, up, up. To readers’ amusement, she makes it nowhere and falls a short distance to the ground. No matter: her friends find a different game all can play." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Ashley Spires
Illustrator Ashley Spires
ISBN 1771387270
Publication Date May 2, 2017
Publisher Kids Can Press
Language English