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Mar 08 2017

Lucy's book by Natalie Jane Prior

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Ill. by Cheryl Orsini. Lothian, 2017. ISBN 9780734416605
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Library. Books. Sharing. When Lucy finds a book that really appeals to her she takes it with her everywhere, reading it at home, in her bedroom, while she has a bath, in bed, in church, sharing it with her siblings and friends. When she returns it the following week, her friends race to fetch it from the returns trolley. The following Saturday Lucy borrows it again after her friend returns it, first shaking the crumbs from inside the pages. She extends the book so her ballet friend can read it and returning it finds it is borrowed by the tardy McGarrigle family. They share it all around their family and of course are late returning it. Lucy is anxious, her family is setting out for their holiday and she wants to take the book with her. Adventure after adventure happens to Lucy and her book, everyone she knows reading it until it is taken from the shelves, worn out with use. Lucy is dismayed and no one can find her a copy, until one day the library has a book sale.
A charming story of the power of just one book, the story will resonate with many readers as the book is passed around many hands, each person enjoying it as much as the rest.
Fran Knight

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