22 February 2021
© CLPE 2021 www.clpe.org.uk A CLPE Booklist Clem and Crab by Fiona Lumbers Andersen Press 9781783449149 Clem’s encounter with a crab whose claw is caught in twisted plastic leads to the realisation for her and her classmates that everyone can play a part in protecting sea and shore and the wildlife that inhabits them. [...] A CLPE core book grace Lulu Gets a Cat by Anna McQuinn and Rosalind Beardshaw Alanna Max 9781907825170 In the fifth book about Lulu, she and her family adopt a cat from the cat shelter. [...] Following a blissful early childhood, where she is depicted being taught to speak by a chorus of birds, catch fish to eat by a bear and her cubs, and play roughly by foxes, spinning in a whirl of snapping jaws, the unnamed child is discovered in the forest by ‘some new animals.’ These miserable creatures take her home and try to force her into their accustomed way of doing things. [...] The rhyming text and the humorous pictures combine to show where she gets all the things she will need to achieve this along with her own persistence and some assistance from the crow. [...] It begins with Rapunzel, here portrayed as a child, already encased in the tower without the back story explaining how she came to be there and reaches a conclusion in which she makes a joyful escape without the aid of a prince.