The Thing Lou Couldn't Do by Ashley SpiresThe Thing Lou Couldn't Do by Ashley Spires

The Thing Lou Couldn't Do

byAshley Spires

Picture Books | May 2, 2017

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?Lou and her friends are BRAVE adventurers. They run FASTER than airplanes. They build MIGHTY fortresses. They rescue WILD animals.? 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. 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.
Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat...
Title:The Thing Lou Couldn't DoFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 11.25 × 9.38 × 0.5 inPublished:May 2, 2017Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1771387270

ISBN - 13:9781771387279

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for all Ages Climbing trees is such a rite of passage for a child. The moment they realize that they can move their bodies like little monkeys and get themselves high up into the branches where they can look down on the whole world around them is magical. In The Thing Lou Couldn't Do, author/illustrator Ashley Spires, Binky The Space Cat, gives us the story of Lou, aka Captain Lou Skullbuckle, and her friends who are brave adventurers. When her friends turn the branches of the backyard tree into their pirate ship, Lou thinks she would prefer to play a not-up-in-a-tree game. Lou is very unsure about the whole climbing a tree thing but she doesn't let that deter her. The Thing Lou Couldn't do is the perfect little story for your children, especially those who may be a little less adventurous. The story demonstrates that it's okay to be afraid of things and it is okay to fail, as long as we pick ourselves back up again and try. A sweet story about friendships, empathy, facing challenges and resilience. The distinctive illustrations bring a liveliness and sense of play to the story, inviting the reader in from page one. Another thing Lou's story does is promotes the importance of outdoor, physical play and gross motor development. It is so necessary for our children to be given opportunities to be outside playing and discovering how their bodies move. Published by Kids Can Press. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational message... yes, you can! Lou is a typical kid that loves playing with her friends. Together they can run faster than airplanes, build mighty fortresses and rescue wild animals. Lou is strong, brave and can do anything... but can she really? One day her friends in an exploring frenzy decide to climb a tree. Lou is with them, all in, but suddenly puts the brakes on when she confronts that tree face to bark. She's never climbed a tree before. It looks scary and makes Lou very uncomfortable. She starts making excuses why it is impossible for her to engage in such a foreign (and dreaded) activity: she has to change her shoes, her arm is sore, the cat needs a walk, she shouldn't climb so soon after reading, she has to attend a slug funeral, an asteroid is heading her way, and her tummy hurts, just to name a few. But the real reason? "I can't climb a tree." Her friends gather round her and encourage her to try... together they will help her succeed. She conjures up in her imagination ways she can get to the top of that tree such as jumping on a trampoline, pole vaulting up maybe? or even being hoisted high to the very top by a helicopter. Do you think Lou can do it? Can she muster up the courage and fortitude to make the climb happen? Oh my! Lou will never know if she doesn't give it a try. This story is about empowerment, persevering against all odds, facing your fears head on and overcoming them. It is a book of inspiration and hope to those who are convinced they CAN'T, and to their great delight learn to their great amazement.... YES. THEY. CAN.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great buy Lou is a courageous girl that does not wish to admit her fear of climbing. Just like everyone else, she feels as if her friends knew this fact, then she would be considered weird. Her excuses for not wanting to join her friends up the tree are hilarious. Interestingly enough, her friends do not mock her or make Lou feel bad about herself for not joining them. By simply observing her friends and their display of how fun it is to be up there, Lou then decides to make her choice. This is I believe the best part of the story. She makes the decision to ‘try’. Sometimes in life, we are scared of certain things. Anxiety withdraws us from even wanting to try it. We may not even wish to confront this fear, however, until then, we will never know! Lou fails in climbing the tree, but that is not the point of this story. By simply trying, she sets a positive example. As the description of the book itself says: “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.” Any parent looking for a good read for their child must have this. Written by Jeyran Main
Date published: 2016-11-10

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