Lili Macaroni
Lili Macaroni
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Annotation: Lili Macaroni loves being exactly who she is, until she starts kindergarten. Her classmates tease her about her pumpkin hair and squinty blueberry eyes. In this exploration of emotion and self-esteem, Lili begins a powerful conversation with her class.
Catalog Number: #192918
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Pajama Press
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Boulanger, Annie,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 1-7727-8093-6
ISBN 13: 978-1-7727-8093-2
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
Self-confidence is hard to come by when classmates make fun of the things that make Lili Macaroni he
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Self-confidence is hard to come by when classmates make fun of the things that make Lili Macaroni herself.Butterfly-loving Lili opens by telling readers where her signature traits came from: She's got Mom's red hair, Dad's freckles, Grandma's eyes, and Grandpa's "magical laugh." She proclaims: "I am the way I am." But when Lili starts school, not only does she learn the three R's, she learns "that a heart can ache" when her new friends tease her for those very special family traits. Lili tries to become a new girl, renaming herself Sophia, but how will her family members feel if she erases their parts? Luckily, Lili's wise father has a suggestion for easing the ache that also taps into her passion. He doesn't solve the problem for her; Lili herself takes the next step to let her class know why she has been so sad. And the next school day, everyone sports a polka-dot butterfly on their shoulder to help with their own heartaches. The tale ends with an older Lili, her bedroom ceiling a mass of butterflies. "My name is Lili Macaroni, and I am who I am." Boulanger's changing perspectives and use of shadows to stand in for other kids' teasing set the mood, Lili's exuberant brightness changing to more somber tones with her sadness. Lili and her family are white; there is one black classmate.From Québec, a wonderfully empowering message to be yourself, with a strategy to ease heartache added for good measure. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2

Lili Macaroni loves drawing butterflies, counting the stars, and being exactly who she is--Lili Macaroni. That is, until she starts kindergarten. There her classmates tell her that her hair is like a pumpkin, her eyes are squinty blueberries, and her laugh is like a parrot's squawk. She has never felt such unhappiness before. It makes her want to erase herself and draw a brand new Lili. Then she reconsiders. Does she really want to erase her hair that's just like Mom's? Her eyes just like Grandma's? Her Grandpa's infectious laugh?With her parents' help, she creates a polka-dotted butterfly to wear at her collar, publicly announcing her own resilience and symbolically letting her sorrows be flown away. And when she explains the butterfly to her classmates, Lili discovers she has begun a powerful conversation, and that everyone has some trouble to be carried away on butterfly wings. In this accessible exploration of emotions and self-esteem, Nicole Testa and Annie Boulanger create a relatable heroine with inborn ingenuity and warm family support.


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