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La La La: A Story of Hope

Written by Kate DiCamillo

Illustrated by Jaime Kim

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This beautiful picture book delivers an extraordinary message of hope in a one syllable text. A little girl sings – ‘La’. When no reply comes she stomps off, then chases a golden leaf. As more leaves fall she follows them out of a world of greys into a sun-drenched landscape full of plants and flowers. But even there no-one replies to her call.  She returns at night, the landscape now saturated in velvety purple and, fascinated by the moonlight, sings to the moon.  It takes more pages, and more determination from the girl, but eventually the moon replies. The final image shows the little girl in the light of the moon, both singing their hearts out. There’s no need for extra words to tell this story, children will understand exactly the girl’s need to be heard, seen and answered; impeccably told, it’s a story that speak to us all. ~ Andrea Reece


La La La: A Story of Hope Synopsis

In this nearly wordless story, Flora and Ulysses' Kate DiCamillo and illustrator Jaime Kim convey a lonely child’s longing for a friend. “La la la...”

A little girl stands alone and sings, but hears no response. Gathering her courage and her curiosity, she skips further out into the world, singing away to the trees and the pond and the reeds – but no song comes back to her. Day passes into night, and the girl dares to venture into the darkness toward the light of the moon, climbing as high as she can... Now, will she be heard? With a subtle palette and captivating expressiveness, Jaime Kim brings to life an endearing character and a transcendent landscape that invite readers along on an emotionally satisfying journey.

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ISBN: 9781406378009
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406378009
Publication date: 1st October 2017
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Illustrator: Jaime Kim
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 72 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Collections: Picture Book Party!,

About Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo’s writing journey has been a truly remarkable one. She grew up in Florida and moved to Minnesota in her twenties, when homesickness and a bitter winter led her to write Because of WinnDixie – her first published novel, which became a runaway bestseller and snapped up a Newbery Honor. The Tiger Rising, her second novel, was also set in Florida and went on to become a National Book Award finalist. Since then, the bestselling author has explored settings as varied as a medieval castle and a magician’s theatre while continuing to enjoy great success, ...

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