Tonya's new puppy is a sweet
little dog. Tonya calls her puppy Lacy. Soon Tonya is dismayed
to find Lacy has developed a bump on her back. After a few days
the bump reveals wings. Lacy is soon flying everywhere.
I think the premise found in
Lacy is one children will find intriguing, however the author
might consider a little rework. The wings little Lacy sprouts
are very recognizable as Monarch butterfly wings and I believe
that even very young kiddies would question them. Reading the
opening statement re the author I find Mrs Johnson did her own
art work using an Adobe program, perhaps a 'fuzzing' of the wings
to make them less Monarch butterfly and more Lacy puppy would
produce a more acceptable to kiddies illustration.
I like the idea of the puppy
developing into something a little different than the norm. And
the pages in which the author shows Lacy learning to use her
new wings are ones little children will identify with, most kiddies
are very aware of the problems inherent in learning to deal with
society at large.
I would like to see Lacy face
some initial stigma and she and her dog friends learn that 'different'
is okay rather than just reading that Lacy flew here and there
and then had a birthday party and friends even though she is
different. The author did not lead us to expect that the birthday
party and the fact that it is okay to be different were coming.
There had been no social problem with Lacy's differentness introduced
thus we are unprepared to accept the phrase.
I do think this little book Lacy
has some good possibility with a bit of rework. The issue of
'different' would fit nicely in a teaching unit regarding 'differences'
if we were to find Lacy experiencing both a problem and a resolution
to that problem.
Suggestion: name your target
audience and reading grade level so that teacher's and school
media personnel can easily note them.