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Lily Pearl by Anne Toole is the story of a little girl, Lily Pearl, who is sweet and has the prettiest curls in the entire world. Everyone likes her, but she has one bad habit. Lily Pearl blows bubbles with the bubblegum she chews. Sometimes the bubbles will pop and flop and she gets gum all over her face. Lily Pearl thinks it is cool and she blows bubbles while walking to school and going for bike rides. Sometimes Lily Pearl gets into trouble for blowing all those bubbles. She pouts when her mother asks her to spit out the gum. Now Lily Pearl has crooked teeth and her mother decides to take her to an orthodontist to get them straightened. Will Lily Pearl be able to chew gum after putting on braces?
The story is adorable and many children will be able to relate to Lily Pearl. Written in rhyming verses, the story is a delightful read and has a lyrical quality to it which makes it easy for young readers to recite. The pictures are lively and colorful and they breathe life into the scenes and the characters. It is a light hearted story that is good for read aloud sessions in classrooms. Tutors can educate their students on how to write rhyming verses with the help of this book. The same goes for parents and grandparents too. They can use it at home and children can learn a few good things from the story of Lily Pearl. The story also shows Lily Pearl’s transformation from that of a brat to a responsible child.