for Louder, Lili
by Gennifer Choldenko
and S.D. Schindler
Lili is so quiet that her teacher marks her absent during roll call. She never gets a partner when the class pairs up because no one knows she’s there. Lili likes to spend recess curled up in a corner of her classroom with the guinea pig, Lois. Lili’s classmate Cassidy isn’t quiet at all. In fact, she’s a steamroller, and she’s chosen Lili to be her friend. Cassidy takes credit for Lili’s work and eats the cake from Lili’s lunch, and Lili doesn’t say a word in her own defense. But when Cassidy takes Lois out of her cage without permission (“Let’s give Lois a haircut . . . Let’s pour glue in her water”) Lili finds her voice at last (“STOP IT!”). Gennifer Choldenko deftly uses humor to illuminate characters and situations that will be immediately recognizable in one way or another to many children in an entertaining picture book invitingly illustrated by S. D. Schindler. (Ages 5–8)
CCBC Choices 2008. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2008. Used with permission.
Lili is the quietest kid in class. She spends recess inside with Lois, the class?s pet guinea pig, and allows Cassidy do her talking for her, even if it means never getting to have the best parts in games. Sometimes it?s just easier letting Cassidy be in charge, but will Lili have the courage to speak up when it means keeping Lois from getting hurt?
This warm, humorous story will speak to any child learning to find his or her own voice?and children used to being the boss might see themselves reflected in Cassidy?s over-the-top antics, as well.
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