Title: Luke and Lottie. Spring Is Here!
Author: Ruth Wielockx
Release Date: February 23, 2021
Length: 24 pages
Spring is here! Twins Luke and Lottie are going to play outside. The trees have new leaves and the birds are making nests. Wait, what’s that noise in the bushes? It’s a fluffy, yellow chick! Where’s his mommy? Luke and Lottie decide to help.
A cheerful and simple story about spring. For toddlers ages 30 months and up, with a focus on the child’s world.
**** My Review ****
Children and the way they understand the world around them is something really special. The way adults explain and try to approximate some concepts sometimes does not correspond to the way children receive and process new data.
Nowadays, all kinds of applications, devices and modern gadgets that are intended for children are available at every corner. And yes, I have to admit that as soon as my daughter takes the tablet in her hands, she is really calm, and seems so focused. But if you pay closer attention, you will realize that her attention is short-lived, and for that reason I prefer books, as a source of countless information, and as an opportunity to spend a few hours together, exploring, traveling and learning new information, that I as parent can mold to my needs.
Books are very important, but not every book is suitable for a certain age and a certain child, which is why I spend a lot of time choosing quality content for my children. But in certain picture books, it is necessary to look a little more carefully, because there are many hidden topics and possibilities that are not so visible even if the book is greatly eye-catching.
Luke and Lottie. Spring Is Here! by Ruth Wielockx is such a book, one that offers many opportunities for interaction, to involve your child in the process of reading the picture book, the emphasis is focused on the listener, who should pass from being a passive listener to an active participant in the reading process. The very way children learn has changed a lot, and in order to achieve the desired effects, the child needs to be more involved. That is what this picture book has in abundance.
The wrong theses that I think are an absolutely great touch by the author, and which by what I’ve read are being criticized by some people, actually give you as a parent or educator a great opportunity to allow the child to assess the situation on their own, to get to the accurate answer and to start to form a critical opinion. When you get to that part, ask the child for example: ‘Can the chick be offspring of a sheep?’ or ‘What do you think?’ Your child will think, compare and come to a conclusion and answer on their own. Plus, it gives your child a chance to feel self-worthy and proud.
The way the animals and their offspring are portrayed is quite well presented, interesting enough for the children to be able to laugh and at the same time learn new words and terms for the farm animals. The illustrations are vivid and interesting enough, and as a great addition to the story, they help keep the children’s attention, which is not easy in this modern and digital age. The language, grammar and style of writing are completely simplified and adapted to the age for which this picture book is intended.
I think that anyone who chooses to read this picture book will not be wrong. Luke and Lottie. Spring Is Here! will surely allow you to spend quality time with your child laughing and getting to know the world around us.