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The Thing Lou Couldn't Do

Written and illustrated by Ashley Spires
Published by Kids Can Press
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An endearing story about a little girl who doesnÍt think she can. ñUp there! The tree can be our ship!î one of LouÍs friends exclaims when they decide to play pirates. ñUmmm ƒî responds Lou. Usually she loves adventures. But this is new. Lou has never climbed a tree before. And she knows she canÍt do it. She doesnÍt even want to try. But this adventure does look fun, and when all her excuses run out, Lou realizes the bravest adventurers are those who TRY. An inspiring lesson for anyone whoÍs ever avoided something hard.

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My favorite thing about The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do is that it doesn’t end the way you think it will. Lou is brave and adventurous, except when it comes to climbing trees. She offers up plenty of excuses, some imaginative, like “I stepped on a slug today and his funeral is happening now,” to others that we’ve all felt, “my tummy feels bad.” I think this book captures really well the feelings many of us have shared about overcoming fear, and I think readers will admire Lou’s character.

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Who Wrote The Thing Lou Couldn't Do

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Ashley Spires

Ashley Spires is the creator of picture books and graphic novels, including The Most Magnificent Thing and Binky the Space Cat. She lives in British Columbia.

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Publication Date:
May 2, 2017