Friday, July 31, 2020

Bedtime Story: Lola Hopscotch and the First Day of School by Marie Whittaker and Illustrated by Lily Uivel

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Lola Hopscotch is a bashful bunny who is confronted by mean-spirited children at school. Lola stands up for herself and overcomes her sadness, transforming her first day of school into a wondrous day of new friendship and adventure. This story deals with the issue of childhood bullying and rounds out with a wonderful communication hook, picturesque prose, and artistic illustrations by Lily Uivel. Lily captures Lola’s personality and surroundings perfectly as the little bunny triumphs past bashfulness and spreads kindness.

Feeling bashful about the first day of school, Lola Hopscotch is off to the playground. This timid bunny’s world is shaken when other children make fun of her long ears and big feet. 

But Lola has much to say and it’s time to play! She meets new friends and stands up for herself, even teaching the children how to play her favorite game. Can you guess which game is Lola’s favorite?"

My Review:  I really enjoyed this book, it was a great way to help soothe the anxieties of those littles starting school for the first time or returning to school after such a long break.  I love the way bullying is handled in this, how Lola Hopscotch doesn't reverse that anger, just continues to be kind. It was a great example of how everyone is unique and special in their own ways.  The soft pastel colors and illustrations are also very soothing, making for an overall great bedtime story.

My Rating: This is such a great story for this time of year. Even kids who have been in school for many years will have extra anxieties right now, there are so many questions about how to make friends and if their old friend will even still be friends.  This book will help ease the way.  I give it a rating of Four Paws!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, the above is my honest review and opinion.

You can find out more about Lola Hopscotch, along with a lot of great anti-bullying tools, on their

Lola Hopscotch and the First Day of School released tomorrow on August 1st, so you can pre-order your copy in print or digital format from

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