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Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite
Lou Lou, written by Safia Guerras and illustrated by Mia S. Kemble, is a delightful pictorial children's book which introduces readers to the concepts of ecosystems, environmental change, love, and the importance of family heritage. Lou Lou and her family live within a beautiful group of islands called the Maldives, located in the Indian Ocean. Lou Lou's grandparents were very fond of their homestead on the island and shared many stories with Lou Lou and her parents. When Lou Lou and her father go snorkeling, they discover a change in the ecosystem. The change means the family can no longer inhabit their home on the island and so they board a ship in search of a new home.
Author Safia Guerras has created a wonderful start to a possible series of books with Lou Lou. The book offers young readers the chance to study environmental change and ecosystems. Those topics can be a great tool for parents and teachers to start an interactive discussion group. Children can discuss why they think the ecosystem changed due to the climate, and also where they think Lou Lou will finally live. Parents and teachers can also use the family stories told by Lou Lou's grandparents as a writing and drawing exercise. Readers can imagine what the scenery would have been like, draw it, and write a story to match.
Lou Lou is a wonderful learning resource and interactive activity aid for parents and teachers to use. Children will love the colorful and vibrant pictures included to excite the imagination.