Lucille by Arnold Lobel

Lucille by Arnold Lobel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An I-Can-Read Book

I collect old I-Can-Read books and this one is a keeper for the collection. Lucille is just a pure fun, silly story. Arnold Lobel is a favourite children's illustration and this is a book that he both wrote and illustrated. One of the easier books to read with only one or two sentences per page and illustrations done in a profusion of pink, yellow and orange to match the mood. Lucille the horse is tired of being a dirty mess all the time pulling the farmer's plow. One day the farmer's wife, who has the luxury of spending her days sitting in the house, drinking tea and listening to the radio decides to prettify Lucille by taking her shopping. Well Lucille gets herself a fancy hat, high heels, and a lovely white dress. Now she spends her days drinking tea with the farmer's wife and cannot work in the fields as she is too dainty for such. All the wife's friends come for visits, but Lucille quickly finds the rules of etiquette tiresome and ends up running for her life back to the farmer and her former messy, dirty life. Just plain silly, but obviously contains the message of being happy with who you are and not having pretentious delusions of grandeur.

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