School picture day is a day a lot of children are familiar with. Some kids get all dressed up, some have their hair specially styled or cut, but some would rather not have their photo taken at all. That’s the case for Lola in:
Every day, Lola wears a huge red hat to school. It’s so big, she even has trouble fitting through doors and bumps into things, but it’s worth all the trouble because it helps her hide from her classmates to “avoid any embarrassment.” When Lola realizes it’s picture day, she does everything she can to avoid showing her face. This sweet story about an insecure child who, with the help of a friend, comes up with a solution to ease her worries, is eloquently told by Natalia Paruzel-Gibson. Readers will feel every one of Lola’s emotions as she struggles with her self-confidence, puts her trust in a helpful friend, and then overcomes her struggle. The heartfelt text, accompanied by Nynke Boelens’ expressive illustrations, will also keep readers in suspense about why Lola is so insecure about the way she looks, and about Lola and her friend’s creative picture day plan. If you’re looking for a picture book with lovely language and illustrations, a diverse cast of characters, a little mystery, and a story about how a child finds a way to overcome her insecurity, this is a great one to add to your bookshelf!
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Heather is a busy wife and mom of five rambunctious children and one lovable pup They all provide lots of distractions, but oodles of inspiration. Sometimes the pictures and ideas in her head turn into her own children's stories, but she always makes time to read other people's books. Sometimes she reviews them here.