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Lulu and the Duck in the Park

(Lulu #1)

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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.
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.

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Kathy
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
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Tibby (she/her)
Hooray! Another book with incidental diversity. A chapter book for younger readers, no less. Nothing said here about what Lulu looks like, but Lamont has drawn her as African American. Fabulous. But I was of two minds with this one.

Lulu was awesome. She loves animals, she applies kid logic to her situation (an egg isn’t an animal, so it’s okay to bring it to school), and she always jumps off swings. Her best friend and cousin, Mellie, is the cautious kid who is always losing things. She was a gr
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Anna
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
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BiblioBickie
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
Darla
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
Melanie
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.
Arielle
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.
Laura
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.
Carmen
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet, very well done. Probably my favorite chapter book read aloud since Charlotte’s Web.
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
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Chris
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
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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
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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
Suzanne
Oct 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ya-kid-lit
Hilary McKay's books about Lulu are always fun. In this one, her love of pets causes some problems with her teacher, Mrs. Holiday. Lulu tries to help Mrs. Holiday get to know more animals than just the class guinea pig, but "Mrs. Holiday would not be helped." Then Lulu tries to convince her that the class pet needs a companion. Mrs. Holiday is finally so exasperated that she tells Lulu if she brings another animal into the classroom, that guinea pig will be traded with another class for their st ...more
Amy H
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-netgalley
i got this book from the publisher and decided to make use of it and had some mommy daughter time.

so i had my 10 year old daughter read this book to me and she liked it. that is why it is rated 5 stars.

lulu is in classroom 3 and they have a pet guinea pig. she feels that the class pet is lonely and should have a roommate. lulu has a best friend who loves all of lulus animals, but told her not to bring any animals to school.

lulu didn't listen. she brought in a dog the one day and had to be tied u
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Amy Forrester
Lulu is most famous for her love of animals. She’s always rescuing them and bringing them home. Which is why Lulu knows without even thinking that she absolutely must save the duck egg that she sees rolling down the hill in the park. Two rambunctious dogs have destroyed all the ducks’ nests and eggs, but not this single blue egg. So as Class 3 leaves the park, Lulu slips the warm egg in her pocket. She tells her best friend and cousin Mellie, but can she keep the egg a secret for the rest of cla ...more
Connie
Lulu is a lively third grader who loves animals. She also always wants to rescue them and carry them home. Fortunately for Lulu she has an understanding mother whose law on pets is: “The more, the merrier as long as Lulu cleans up after them.” Unfortunately for Lulu, her teacher Mrs. Holiday is not an animal lover and merely tolerates the Class Three guinea pig. When Lulu decides that the guinea pig needs a companion and suggests several options such as mice, rats, lizards, cats, fish, and turtl ...more
Terry
Big Kid Reaction: Lulu is one of those characters who means well but always seems to get into predicaments. She is sweet and very likable. I love that she's passionate, fun, and a thinker, too. The relationship with Mellie and her classmates also feels authentic. As much as I liked Lulu, Mellie, and her friends, the book didn't grab me. Mrs. Holiday was too much of a caricature (though she does come around); and I thought the pets at school and city park scenes were overdone. All that said, the ...more
Abby Johnson
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Miss Amanda has been suggesting this book for a long time, and in my quest for 3rd grade booktalking books, I finally picked it up.

Lulu LOVES ANIMALS. Like, if you asked anyone in Class 3 who loves animals the most, they would immediately tell you that Lulu LOVES animals. Lulu has tons of pets at home (her mom's philosophy is "The more the merrier, as long as Lulu cleans up after them!") and one day her dog even follows her to school. As you can imagine, Lulu's teacher (who does NOT love animal
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Madigan Mirza
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
This delightful series about Lulu, a smart and imaginative little girl growing up in pleasant suburban surroundings is sure to be a hit with young readers looking for early chapter books with just a hint of tongue-in-cheek humor. Lulu loves animals, apples, and jumping off the swings at school. Lulu's teacher Mrs. Holiday isn't so sold on animals. After a field trip to the to the park, and a scary incident with a loose runaway dog, Lulu ends up in possession of a duck egg. She keeps the egg hidd ...more
Sarah
4b's: problem solving
Jnase1
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book is about Lulu, a young girl who loves animals, all animals. Unfortunately, her teacher does not care for animals and does not want them in her classroom. Too bad because Lulu finds a duck egg that has been saved from being squashed from a bunch of rambunctious dogs who ran through the park. What could she do but take the egg with her to care for it? But will her teacher appreciate her good deed? I first read a Lulu book a few months ago, but I really didn't care for it too much. The wr ...more
Sweet on Books
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: melissa-g, reader-jr
Lulu loves animals, and everyone knows it. She has quite a collection at home because, luckily for her, she has a mother whose philosophy on pets is "The more the merrier." School is another story altogether. There is a pet guinea pig in her classroom, but Lulu's 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Holiday, prefers her animals in the wild. In fact she goes so far as to say that if anyone brings another pet into the classroom, the guinea pig will be banned from Class Three. So, you can imagine Lulu's dilemma ...more
Stephanie
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chapter-books
*4.5 stars*

When I first read this book, I really enjoyed it, but I wondered if there might be just a few too many jokes aimed at adults for kids to totally love it. Then I decided to try reading it to my 3-1/2-year-old...and since then, I have had to read it out loud approximately 10 ZILLION times! In other words, I was wrong, wrong, wrong about kids being put off by the adult POV of the teacher's subplot! (And it is a very funny subplot for the adults who read the book out loud.)

Totally, totall
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Susan  Dunn
I'm working on third grade booktalks, and grabbed this one b/c it seemed it might fit. Super cute! I love this author, and wasn't disappointed. Lulu is an animal lover - and doesn't understand why her teacher doesn't share her passion. She barely tolerates the class guinea pig. As a matter of fact she'd much rather swap it for the second graders stick insects which don't smell or make any noise. And when Lulu's dog "follows" her to school one day, that's the last straw. If Lulu ever brings any a ...more
Jordan Cobb
This book is about a girl named Lulu who loves animals. All kinds of animals. Her classroom has a pet guinea pig and Lulu thinks that he needs a friend, but her teacher said if anyone brings in an animal, they would have to get rid of the guinea pig. Lulu knew not to test this, but during one of the class trips to the park, something strange happened. There were two dogs that were tearing through the park, including Duck Street. There was only one egg that wasn't broken and Lulu grabbed it. Now, ...more
Dena (Batch of Books)
I love the atmosphere in these Lulu books. They are light, humorous chapter books that offer an entertaining story. In addition, the writing is simplified and easy for early readers to understand. This is a good choice for young readers that are starting to gain confidence and want a slightly more complex reading experience.

Lulu is a great character to read about. She is funny, positive, and really sweet. She has a love for animals and makes a point of being kind to everyone and everything. When
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Amanda Harris
Imagine that you have found a duck egg. You are at school, you've made a nest out of soft hats, and you are hiding it under your sweater. Imagine that egg hatches and the duckling starts to cry. What would you do? In Hilary Mckay's book, "Lulu and the Duck in the Park", this very situation occurs. What does Lulu do? Does she get into trouble? Read and find out!

This book is a super quick read, has very little characterization, and is set at school. 3 adjectives I would use to describe this book a
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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."

After reading Botany and Zoology at St. Andrew's University Hilary
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