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Lulu and the Duck in the Park

(Lulu #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  974 ratings  ·  148 reviews
Lulu can't understand people who don't like animals - people like her teacher, Mrs Holiday. When Lulu tries to help Mrs Holiday to find her perfect pet, she is banned from bringing an animal to school ever again! Then Lulu rescues an abandoned duck egg. She's going to have to take it to school to keep it safe. ...more
Paperback, UK paperback edition, 96 pages
Published March 7th 2011 by Scholastic
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Beyond the Pages
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lulu and the Duck in the Park was quite the adventure. I found the book to be fun-loving, clever, and bright. I loved the educational component associated with the story and the diversity that was depicted through the presented relationships. I loved that Lulu was of ethnic origin. I thought this served as such a positive and had the potential to open up a huge door in terms of possibilities for children who quite often don't hear of minorities working with or caring for animals.

In this particul
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I can still say I like everything Hilary McKay writes. Lulu is for younger readers than the Casson family stories, but it's just as good.

Lulu loves animals. Attempts to share that love with her teacher bring the threat that if any more animals are brought to school, Class Three will have to give up their guinea pig for Class Two's stick insects, a fate no one wants.

So, when Lulu almost accidently rescues a duck egg from destruction, she is placed in a major quandry when the egg starts to hatch t
Lulu is a perfect champion of the neighborhood animal kingdom.

Two of my favorite things come together. An early chapter book and Hilary McKay. The world needs more of both.

I would give these and the CALPURNIA TATE, GIRL VET books to my young students can't get enough of reading about cats and dogs and other critters.
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lulu and the Duck in the Park / Hilary McKay / 2012
Genre: fiction
Format: juvenile lit./ middle reader
Plot summary: Lulu, who loves animals, brings an abandoned duck egg to school, even though her teacher has banned Lulu from bringing animals to school ever again.
Considerations: none

Review citation:School Library Journal, vol 58, issue 11
"he satisfying ending will have children awaiting the next installment in what is likely to become a hit series for fans of other plucky characters like Horribl
One Sentence Review: Though I am admittedly less than enamored of McKay's Casson tales, I was rather charmed by this story of a girl and her much desired duckling. ...more
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elementary-books
I found this book on a list of elementary chapter books with black protagonists. It is a DRA level 30, or a Guided Reading level N (early 3rd grade level).

This is a beautifully written take on the classic juvenile fiction topic of children obsessed with pets/animals and pet rescue. Lulu has a loving heart, asking herself 'what would I want if I were this animal?' and showing fascination and fondness for all sorts of animals, from mice to dogs to slugs to ducklings.

While at the park with her cla
Lulu is a 7-year-old who loves animals and keeps somewhat of a menagerie at home. When her teacher, Mrs. Holiday, says she does not like animals one bit, Lulu tries to change her mind. One spring day in the park, the class witnesses two unleashed dogs wreaking havoc, resulting in many broken duck eggs. Lulu saves one from breaking and brings it back to school, taking care to keep it safe and warm without letting her teacher know. Although the story is written with no real description of Lulu and ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this series starter. Lulu is an animal-loving girl who is always trying to bring home new pets. Her teacher does not like animals, and there may have been an incident with Lulu's dog that put Lulu on her teacher's bad side. Then one day, the class is in the park near their school where there are lots of new ducklings and eggs about to hatch. Two loose dogs scare the birds and trample their nests, leaving many of the eggs broken. Lulu manages to snatch one of the eggs before it breaks and k ...more
Ellie Hook
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-talk
Lulu is a kid who, like many others, LOVES animals. Mrs. Holiday, Lulu's teacher, told Lulu that animals are absolutely not allowed in schools. One day, Lulu finds a duck egg, and saves it from destruction. She brings it to school because eggs aren't animals, right? However, Lulu isn't quite sure what to do when the egg hatches while she is at school!

This is such a fun book that so many students would like. There are tons of children who are very passionate about animals that could relate to Lul
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This first book about Lulu establishes her as an animal lover and nurturer. When dogs wreak havoc in the park near the school, Lulu rescues a duck egg. Conscious of the fact that her teacher is barely tolerating their class guinea pig, she does her best to keep the egg under wraps. But then the egg begins to hatch! Lulu and her friend Mellie have some Lucy and Ethel type moments in the book. The situations are not too girly, so boys who love animals will also enjoy getting to know Lulu. Loved th ...more
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first in the Lulu books. We get a brief introduction to Lulu and her cousin Mellie, and then the action begins. The bulk of this story takes place all in one day at school. Lulu and Mellie's class goes to the park, and after two dogs wreak havoc among the duck nests, breaking all the eggs, Lulu spies one unbroken egg and smuggles it back to school under her sweater. Will she be caught by the other students or her teacher? And what is that cracking sound during story time? Good pacing and jus ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
This is an engaging chapter book (series, as far as I can tell) for kids who like animals. The characters are genuine, age-appropriate, and funny (including/especially the non-parental adults), and there are animals and kids (Lulu and Melie) who are friends, stay overnight with their grandmother, and want a pet.
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the Lulu series, although we read it second. It is a fun story about Lulu and her cousin rescuing a duck egg after a hectic walk in the park past the pond. It is a sweet and fun story.
Dina Tanners
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am reading it to my grandsons, ages 5 and 8, via Skype together with kindle on my laptop, and they love the books. I live in Seattle and they are in Massachusetts. It is a great story and very real to them.
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Warning for young readers sensitive to injury of animals as there is an incident of this. We follow the animal loving main character, Lulu, and her best friend as they try to follow classroom rules about animals while also trying to make the best of a delicate situation.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet, very well done. Probably my favorite chapter book read aloud since Charlotte’s Web.
Susan Morris
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
I really enjoyed this cute, short chapter book about Lulu, who loves animals. It’s our current choice for K-2 parent/child book club at school - I hope the kids enjoy it!! (Library)
Sharon Buxton
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
B-. fiction, children's fiction, grade 2-3, girl, animal lover, from stash, keep to give away (Celia) ...more
Miss Readalot
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love animal's Lulu. It's great to see that you love them too. ...more
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great for encouraging a new reader

There is always action and humor to keep her interested since we read small portions of a chapter each day. Very relatable.
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
Someone give Mrs Holiday a spa voucher or at least a very large bouquet of flowers - what a hero of a teacher!
My kids really enjoyed this read aloud, even if the chapters were slightly longer than I wanted to read every night. It's a lovely little story and we look forward to reading the next in the series. ...more
Mar 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sweet-p-reads
2nd chapter book read by Sweet P. Recording books for her. 104 pages. If you are looking for a sweet chapter book series for a young reader, this is it.
Jun 07, 2021 rated it liked it
This was cute, but didn't blow me away. I wasn't a fan of the writing style, but it would be a fun read for an early reader who loves animals. ...more
Patricia Powell
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
“Lulu and the Duck in the Park” (Albert Whitman 2012) by Hilary McKay is a
perfect chapter (early middle grade) book from an author who understands how to make both kids and adults laugh.
The story begins on a school field trip and moves into the classroom, making this a great read aloud in kindergarten through third grades. Especially if it happens to be spring and even more especially if you happen to be hatching eggs in your classroom.
Lulu loves to jump off swings at the highest point so she
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Summary: Kirkus
A warmhearted beginning to a new chapter-book series delights from the first few sentences. "Lulu was famous for animals. Her famousness for animals was known throughout the whole neighborhood." So it begins, revealing its bouncy language and its theme, illustrated by a cheery image of Lulu with bunnies at her feet, a parrot on her shoulder and a mouse in her hair. Lulu's best friend is her cousin Mellie, who is famous for several things but most notably losing sweaters, pencils
Becky B
Lulu loves animals and thinks the guinea pig in Class Three needs a friend. Her teacher turns down all offers for companions for the class pet and even says that if any other animal shows up, Class Three will be swapping with Class Two and will end up with stick bugs instead of the guinea pig. Lulu has agreed to follow the rules, especially since her best friend/cousin Mellie doesn't want to see the stick bugs. But when the class stops in the park the next morning and witnesses some dogs destroy ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

Lulu has many interesting and wonderful qualities, but what she’s known for is her love of animals and her huge collection of them. One day, while her elementary school class visits the park, she gets hold of a duck egg that needs protection. Despite her teacher’s blatant dislike of animals, Lulu takes the egg back to class with her. All is well, until... the egg suddenly starts to hatch!

This chapter book is by Hilary McKay, the author of the
Sharon Tyler
Aug 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay is a children's chapter book scheduled for release on August 1 2012. Lulu loves animals, she loves them a lot, and they seem to love her in return. Unfortunately, Lulu's teacher does not seem to share that love. In fact, she seems to dislike animals, even the class pet. A disastrous class trip to the park ends with lulu in possession of a duck egg, but she will be in serious trouble if she is caught with anymore pets in class. Lulu is on a mission, t ...more
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Hilary McKay was born in Boston, Lincolnshire and is the eldest of four girls. From a very early age she read voraciously and grew up in a household of readers. Hilary says of herself as a child "I anaesthetised myself against the big bad world with large doses of literature. The local library was as familiar to me as my own home."

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