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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
In Hop Lola Hop by Kathy Urban, we find that Lola is in for a day of adventure. Usually, this little stuffed bunny hops along with her best friend, Ella. But this time Lola has hopped just a bit too far and the two become separated. While Ella is distraught, Lola is hopping around looking for her girl in all the places they usually visit together. Part of Lola’s adventure leads her into a real puddle of trouble and mud as she ends up going for the first swim of her life in the local common. For the first time, Lola is both wet and dirty. With all this mud on her coat and drenched to the core, will Ella even recognize her beloved stuffed bunny if they happen to be reunited?
Kathy Urban’s picture book story, Hop Lola Hop, is a fun story about affection and caring. The tale is full of magic and adventure as the plot leads the reader through the adventures of a stuffed bunny who somehow hops away. With simple language and sometimes humorous, but always touching, scenes, this story is a great read-along for young children learning to read. There is plenty of dialogue (for even the stuffed bunny can communicate in this magical story), and the dialogue certainly helps move the story along. The illustrations are bright, bold, colorful, and just as much fun as the story itself. With chuckles and tears, young readers will instantly feel the compassion and emotions of this difficult separation between a stuffed bunny and her little girl. They will be cheering on this little bunny as she hops from one adventure to another.