Friday, April 8, 2016

Lola Levine for Gutsy Girl Week

I am concluding Gutsy Girl Week with an early chapter book about a girl who likes to beat the boys at soccer.  Maybe, just maybe, this one hits close to home as I have a daughter who likes to do the very same thing!  But soccer lover or not, it is wonderful to see girls portrayed in books who are feisty and love sports.

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Title: Lola Levine Is Not Mean

Author: Monica Brown

Target: Grades 1-3

Series: This is the first book in a new series

What this book is about: 
Lola is in second grade and loves soccer and her family.  She hasn’t bonded all that well with the girls in her class, but she does have a best friend Josh.  When she slide tackles one of the boys in her class during a playground soccer game, she accidentally hurts him and gets the new nickname, Mean Lola Levine.  Will Lola be able to turn things around?

What I love about this book:
  • While I love a good princess dress, I do enjoy it when girls are also portrayed as tomboys so that they don’t think there is one way for them to be.  Lola is dubbed the Queen of Soccer, which is a pretty good nod to royalty in my book.
  • I enjoy stories with a variety of ethnicities.  Lola is Peruvian and Jewish and the school kids are portrayed in the illustrations as a variety of shades, making the story feel inclusive.
  • While not particularly innovative, the story itself is solid and this is a nice new entrant into the early chapter book category.
Who this book is for: 
Great for kids who have moved on from early readers.  Illustrations are plentiful but not on every page, so kids have to feel comfortable with a few pages of full text.

Final thoughts: 
Girls who love soccer will appreciate that Lola can beat the boys!

To purchase this book:
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