I learned a valuable lesson reading Viorst's story. At first, Lulu is
impossible. She gets exactly what she wants from her parents. When she
doesn't, she throws shrill tantrums loud enough to break light bulbs. Since
it's her birthday, she wants a brontosaurus as a pet. Her parents say "no."
Determined to find her birthday present, she runs away from home into a forest
where her birthday wish takes an unexpected turn. As Viorst teaches us in her
delightful tale, we should be careful for what we wish for--we just may get it!
Along with Lane Smith's dazzling art, this story is full of surprises, a
singable song, and three possible endings. Which one is your favorite? (Ages
4-8) --Jaime from Books Inc. Castro
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