I NEED A PLAN! by Federica Muià


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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A lizard that can’t stay in the sun needs a plan for constant shade.

Paradise for lizards is the warmth of the sun, and a summer’s day finds them all hanging out and sipping iced drinks. One lizard, however, is allergic to the sun. While all the other lizards are sunbathing, this little lizard stays under the leaves of nearby plants to avoid the sun’s rays. But it doesn’t want to miss out on all the fun. “I think…I need a plan!” This invites readers into the process: in thinking, sketching out a plan, gathering materials, and preparing the materials for use. The first experiment (a carapace of leaves) is “too heavy,” the second (a cloak made of succulents), “too bulky.” This leads to more thinking, replanning, and redoing for experiment No. 3…success: a little leaf suit. Now the lizard can enjoy being out in the sun in its new costume—until someone suggests going into the pool. Looks like it’s time for some more rethinking, replanning, and redoing. This gratifyingly engaging tale lets readers in on the fun of planning and discovery while emphasizing a little perseverance. The desert environment provides all manner of big fleshy leaves and cacti—plus lizards in sunglasses—to help inspire in the making of the sun suit.

A little imagination and then a plan and the lizards will tackle that next problem with gusto. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-76036-059-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Starfish Bay
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2019


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