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Starring Lucille
Lasky, Kathryn.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Knopf, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Lucille's brother and sister try to upstage her during her ballet performance on her fourth birthday, but they do not succeed.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.4 0.5 54447.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Lucille the Pig, introduced in Lucille's Snowsuit, is back and it's her birthday. She gets to open one present early: a tutu, crown, and ballet shoes from her grandparents. Lucille spends all the days before her birthday rehearsing for a performance for her family. Then her older brother and sister try to steal the limelight. Lucille, of course, manages to upstage them, and has a very happy birthday after all. A funny and right-on-target book with great appeal to young children. From the Hardcover edition.

Author Notes

Kathryn Lasky was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 24, 1944, and knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she was ten. She majored in English in college and after graduation wrote for various magazines and taught. Her first book, I Have Four Names for My Grandfather, was published while she was teaching.

She has written more than seventy books for children and young adults on everything from historical fiction to picture books and nonfiction books including the Dear America books and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. Many of her books are illustrated with photographs by her husband, Christopher Knight. She has received many awards for her titles including Sugaring Time which was a Newberry Honor Book; The Night Journey which won the National Jewish Book Award for Children; Pageant which was an ALA Notable Children's book; and Beyond the Burning Time which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She has also received the Washington Post's Children's Book Guild Award for her contribution to children's nonfiction. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. Birthdays are hard on the celebrant's siblings. Watching a sister or brother be the center of attention and garner all the gifts is difficult. So when Lucille receives a tutu just before her fourth birthday, scoffing brother, Franklin, says she looks stupid and boasting big sister, Frances, claims to be the only trained dancer in the family. Undaunted, Lucille practices for her birthday performance. When her day finally arrives, Lucille's anticipated debut is delayed by Franklin's bicycling through the living room with her tutu atop his head. Then Florence tries to steal the show with her tap dancing. But Mom and Dad save the spotlight for the birthday girl, who wins her sibs' compliments with her graceful moves. Clothed, housed, and celebrating like humans, Hafner's porcine characters are endearing, and the cheery pen-and-ink and watercolor art reflects Lucille's comfortable home and caring family with humor and affection. --Ellen Mandel

Publisher's Weekly Review

Kathryn Lasky's porker takes center stage once more in Starring Lucille, illus. by Marylin Hafner. In this follow-up to Lucille's Snowsuit, the titular piglet's birthday tutu arrives early in the mail. Humorous illustrations chronicle her extended preparations for a birthday performance. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Lucille has put away the winter clothes she wore in Lucille's Snowsuit (Crown, 2000) and can't wait to wear the lovely tutu grandma has sent her for her fourth birthday. Her older sister and brother, Frances and Franklin, tease the little piglet, who remains undaunted in her determination to put on a birthday performance. At last the big day arrives and Lucille twirls, "pirouettes," says Frances; and stands on one leg, "An arabesque," announces mother. The music stops and everyone claps for the birthday ballerina. Tired and content, Lucille falls asleep dreaming about her day. Delightful, whimsical watercolor illustrations chronicle the further adventures of this preschool pig and her family.-Doris Gebel, Northport-East Northport Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.