Fly High, Lolo

Catalyst. (Lolo: Bk. 4). May 2022. 80p. pap. $7.95. ISBN 9781946395658.
Gr 1-3–This fourth book in the “Lolo” series packs a delightful mix of ventures a young girl might typically experience. Divided into four stories, this early chapter reader begins with Lolo wanting to be the star of the school play, the eagle! Unfortunately, Lolo must learn to deal with disappointment more than once, as she also struggles with self-image issues and wanting to look like everyone else around her. It isn’t until a special guest visits her Soweto school that Lolo learns beauty is about what’s on the inside. Lolo’s mother begins to date, and Lolo is pretty certain she won’t like this new man in their life, until she meets him. The book rounds out with Lolo learning about conservation and finding new ways to recycle. Black-and-white pictures cover more than half of nearly every page, with some pages containing only illustrations. Lolo is Black, as are many of the other characters in the story.
VERDICT A beautiful addition to the series, and a worthy addition to library shelves. Lolo is an inspiration and a wonderful portrayal of little girls everywhere.

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