The Thing Lou Couldn't Do by Ashley Spires

The Thing Lou Couldn't Do

Lou and her friends are BRAVE adventurers. They run FASTER than airplanes. They build MIGHTY fortresses. They rescue WILD animals. But one day, when they re looking for a ship to play pirates in, Lou s friend has an idea: Up there! The tree can be our ship! Ummm ... says Lou. This is something new. Lou has never climbed a tree before, and she s sure she can t do it. So she...

Title:The Thing Lou Couldn't Do
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ISBN:1771387270
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:32 pages

The Thing Lou Couldn't Do Reviews

  • Sarah Peterman
    Oct 27, 2016

    I enjoyed looking at the illustrations for this book. The story itself was pretty normal, but had a good lesson. Even in the end, **Spoiler alert :)** Lou couldn't climb the tree. Which I liked. It still showed that she was going to try, but that she hadn't accomplished it yet. Which I believe is important for children to understand, Not everything is achievable at the first attempt. I received this book through NetGalley.

  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    Nov 01, 2016

    This is a great book for all the little girls out there who do not want to be a princess, but get out there with her friends and play. She is a brave, fearless little girl who plays pirates, rescues wild animals, runs faster than airplanes and just has fun trying new things. Until the day that her friends want to use the big tree in the backyard as a pirate ship. Lou has never climbed a tree and does not think she can do. Her friends are having so much fun in the tree. They invite her to join th

    This is a great book for all the little girls out there who do not want to be a princess, but get out there with her friends and play. She is a brave, fearless little girl who plays pirates, rescues wild animals, runs faster than airplanes and just has fun trying new things. Until the day that her friends want to use the big tree in the backyard as a pirate ship. Lou has never climbed a tree and does not think she can do. Her friends are having so much fun in the tree. They invite her to join them, they offer to help her get up the tree, they encourage her to try, all to no avail. Lou has more excuses than carter has pills. She finally realizes that she is missing out on so much fun, just because she is afraid to try. She does not make it up the first time she tries, but she does not give up, she will try again tomorrow. This is a great book for little girls. The illustrations are wonderful. They show the fun and excitement on the faces of Lou and her friends when they are playing. They are detailed, vibrant and have feeling. The message of not giving up, especially before even trying, is very clear. The fact that her friends encourage her and offer to help is also important to show about loyalty to others as well as kindness. Lou finally realizes that she can not let fear rule her life and that is something we all need to hear. A great book for community, school and classroom libraries. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

  • Penny Olson
    Oct 31, 2016

    I received an electronic copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

    Lou is a highly adventurous brave girl. But when her friends decide to make a tree into an imaginary pirate ship and climb it, Lou is hesitant. She tries all the delay tactics that we try when we don't want to do something. She suggests alternative games to play, comes up with excuses, and tries to think of ways to get up into the tree without actually climbing it. Finally, she tries to climb the tree. She d

    I received an electronic copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

    Lou is a highly adventurous brave girl. But when her friends decide to make a tree into an imaginary pirate ship and climb it, Lou is hesitant. She tries all the delay tactics that we try when we don't want to do something. She suggests alternative games to play, comes up with excuses, and tries to think of ways to get up into the tree without actually climbing it. Finally, she tries to climb the tree. She does not actually succeed in climbing the tree at the end of the book, but she is determined to try and try again until she gets up that tree. I liked that Lou goes through a lot of what we all go through when we are afraid of doing something. I also like that she isn't able to magically climb the tree at the end of the book; the achievement is the change in her attitude toward tree climbing. I also like that no one rescues her; she has to solve the problem herself. The Thing Lou Couldn't Do was a hit with my six year-old. The illustrations are absolutely great, and there is a lot of humour peppered throughout the book for some laugh out loud moments.

  • Stephanie - Adventures Thru Wonderland
    Nov 01, 2016

    I received a free ecopy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!

    Another great story by Ashley Spires! Once anain encouraging kids to keep trying. Lou love adventures, but when her friends decide to climb a tree, she isn't so sure its the kind of adventure she enjoys, until she tries! This story is about having fun, and being confident, being brave, and trying new things. A great story for any child, and great lessons at any age!

  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    Jan 03, 2017

    This is a really nice children's picture book for around ages 3-5. The illustrations are crisp and bright and the characters talk with speech bubbles.

    Lou can't climb the tree! It's a book that has the message of overcoming fears and excuses and giving things a go - even if it means you can't do something. At least you tried.

    Lou has a very cute sidekick - her little cat, who sadly doesn't get given a name. Her friends feature in the book too. 4 stars. I'll be reading and reviewing more children'

    This is a really nice children's picture book for around ages 3-5. The illustrations are crisp and bright and the characters talk with speech bubbles.

    Lou can't climb the tree! It's a book that has the message of overcoming fears and excuses and giving things a go - even if it means you can't do something. At least you tried.

    Lou has a very cute sidekick - her little cat, who sadly doesn't get given a name. Her friends feature in the book too. 4 stars. I'll be reading and reviewing more children's books this year as well as working on my own illustrated children's book series.

  • Rachel
    Mar 30, 2017

    Encouragement and perseverance are the message in this adorable picture book by Ashley Spires.

    When Lou and her friends play, they are anything they want to be. Adventurous little beings with big imaginations. But, when Lou's friends suggest climbing a tree so it can be their pirate ship, Lou is very fearful.

    She has never climbed a tree before and prefers her adventures to be on the ground. Naturally, she comes up with all kinds of excuses. When Lou's friends continue their adventure without he

    Encouragement and perseverance are the message in this adorable picture book by Ashley Spires.

    When Lou and her friends play, they are anything they want to be. Adventurous little beings with big imaginations. But, when Lou's friends suggest climbing a tree so it can be their pirate ship, Lou is very fearful.

    She has never climbed a tree before and prefers her adventures to be on the ground. Naturally, she comes up with all kinds of excuses. When Lou's friends continue their adventure without her and reassure her they'll teach her how to climb a tree, she finally decides to join in.

  • Katie Dicesare
    Jun 23, 2017

    I think this is a great book for so many reasons...great messages--give yourself time, keep practicing, do something that's hard. I love the ending and the variety of layouts she uses. Lots for students to learn from a reading and writing lens.

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    Jul 14, 2017

    Rating: 5 STARS

    (I received an ARC from the EDELWEISS)

    (Review Not on Blog)

    I am a big fan of Ashley Spires writing and illustrations. In this story we learn that Lou cannot climb. As a kid, I was able to get up, but could not get down once I got to the top.

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