Ava and the Real Lucille

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Macmillan, Sep 4, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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When Ava and her sister Arlie see the "Write a Poem / Win a Pet" sign in Mr. Noah's pet shop window, Ava is sure the prize is going to be a dog and convinces Arlie to enter the contest with her. The girls write the best poem they can, and while waiting and hoping to win, they decide that "Lucille" would be the perfect name for a dog. But when Mr. Noah finally announces that they have won, Ava is so disappointed when she sees the prize, a parakeet, that she says, "You're not the real Lucille!" Ava must discover for herself that with a little patience, a little imagination, and a lot of love, her new pet will be every bit as much fun as a dog—and a fine friend besides.


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Review: Ava and the Real Lucille

User Review  - Sharon Lawler - Goodreads

Ava and her sister enter a contest in hopes of winning a pet, and specifically Ava wants a dog. Hooray! They win, but Ava is disgruntled that the prize is a parakeet. Sweet story about learning about new things, and acceptance. Read full review

Review: Ava and the Real Lucille

User Review  - Sunnyvale Librarian - Goodreads

Ava and her sister Arlie enter a poetry contest so that they can win a pet. Ava assumes that the prize will be a dog but when the girls do win the contest, the prize is actually a parakeet, who they ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

CARI BEST has written many award-winning picture books, including Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; Are You Going to be Good?, a Parents’ Choice Award Winner; and most recently, Easy as Pie. Ms. Best lives in Weston, Connecticut.

MADELINE VALENTINE is the illustrator of Albertine’s Got Talent by Shena Power. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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