Lucy and Company

Marianne Dubuc
Marianne Dubuc

This compilation of three, short, cozy stories features a little girl named Lucy and her four animal friends: Marcel the mouse, Henry the rabbit, Dot the turtle and Adrian the snail. (Anton the bear also makes two surprise appearances!) Readers will be delighted to spend time in Lucy's world, as the friends share snacks on a picnic, celebrate a special birthday with a treasure hunt and find a new home for some lost baby chicks. Told with sweet humor and simple language, each of the bite-size stories contains its own complete adventure --- with an unexpected twist at the end! All stories are centered on the small, simple moments of the friends' days together, just what matters most to very young children. In a nod to Winnie-the-Pooh and its map of Hundred Acre Wood, a full spread at the beginning of the book features a bird's-eye view drawing that captures Lucy's world and shows where the stories take place, adding depth to the narrative.

Award-winning artist Marianne Dubuc has created a perfectly charming storytime book that hits all the right notes. Her artwork, with its soft and subdued palette, beautifully captures the book's warmth. She presents her illustrations within panels, encouraging visual literacy and making the text easy to follow for pre-readers.

This positive book explores key social skills for this age such as sharing, discovering new friends and helping others, making it a terrific fit for character education lessons on kindness, empathy and caring. Other classroom connections are introductions to counting and following step-by-step directions.

978-1-77138-662-3 | Sep 6, 2016
List Price: USD $16.95, CAD $17.95
4-color 10 x 8 56 pages
Grades: Toddler To K / Ages: 2 to 5
978-1-77138-808-5 | Sep 6, 2016
List Price: USD $9.99, CAD $9.99

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Awards & Reviews

“A charming book about the joy of sharing with friends, with the added benefit of reinforcing counting skills.”
— Kirkus Reviews, June 2016
“This lovable collection is a must-read for toddlers and preschoolers.”
— School Library Journal, September 2016
“The pale hues and friendly faces in Ms. Dubuc's illustrations give a lovely, happy feeling to this gentle picture book.”
— Wall Street Journal, September 2016
“This multifunctional tale is perfect for a language and storytelling lesson or as a cheery read-aloud.”
— Booklist Online, September 2016
“Lucy & Company will delight those in search of sweet stories about adventure and fun shared between good friends.”
— CM Magazine, November 2016
“The themes are gentle and represent situations that are age appropriate for young readers; sharing snacks, hunting for treasure and caring for baby birds are all common experiences in life or literature.”
— Resource Links, October 2016
“... Dubuc creates a bright, park-like world of adventure for its rosy-cheeked inhabitants ...”
— Montreal Review of Books, November 2016
“Young readers will enjoy being in the company of Lucy and her friends.”
— Canadian Children's Book News, January 2017
2017 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College, Winner
2017 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

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