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A Lebanese boy named Luli gives a frank, child’s-eye view of the toll that war inflicts on families and communities in Charara’s empathic picture book debut, based on his family’s experience during the conflict between Hezbollah and Israel in 2006. In early scenes, Luli describes life in his seaside home, where he revels in the company of three cats—the Lucys of the title.A Lebanese boy named Luli gives a frank, child’s-eye view of the toll that war inflicts on families and communities in Charara’s empathic picture book debut, based on his family’s experience during the conflict between Hezbollah and Israel in 2006. In early scenes, Luli describes life in his seaside home, where he revels in the company of three cats—the Lucys of the title. Following a trip to Beirut to visit Luli’s aunt and uncle, the family is driving home when a “red streak shoots across the horizon and a loud boom fills the air.” The bombs force Luli and his parents to return to Beirut, where they stay with their relatives for weeks, Luli’s thoughts often with the Lucys. Working in soft swathes of watercolor, Kahn confidently bridges the emotional transition from tender family meals under a setting sun to frightening moments hiding in gray basements. The disappearance of one of the Lucys and the evident destruction wrought by the bombing offer a somber, though not hopeless, entry point for discussions of loss and the consequences of war. Ages 8–9. (Publisher's Weekly)...

Title : The Three Lucys
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ISBN : 9781600609985
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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The Three Lucys Reviews

  • Dolly
    2018-10-25 16:20

    As a cat lover, I couldn't pass by a picture book that features three cats on its cover, especially with this title. I couldn't wait to learn about the young child's perspective on these cats. From the very first pages, the watercolor illustrations softly and sweetly depict the idyll setting in which the boy (named Luli) lives in Lebanon and the love he has for his pets. But wait, there's more. So much more.So much more than I expected. This fictional tale is based on the author's family and their experiences in Lebanon during the July War in 2006. The story shows how the family flees from the bombing to relatives in Beirut and are unable to return home for a month due to the bombing. The author and illustrator do a very good job contrasting the joy and levity of a fun family get-together with the fear, the frustration, and the anxiety the family shares during the month of bombing. Luli, especially, worries a great deal about his beloved pets who were left at home. When the family finally returns home, the comparison of the scene of the bombed town (including Luli's school) to what it once was is dramatic. While the family's home is mainly intact, they do experience loss and sadness. The last few pages, however, show the resilience of the people in Luli's town and the hope they have for the future. It shows the wistfulness of a more peaceful time, but also the healing that comes with the passage of time. Overall, it's a powerful story, one not of a refugee family, but of a family who is internally displaced for about a month. They may not have fled from their home for an extended period of time, yet to some extent, their lives were still changed forever by the experience. Note: This is a very emotionally laden tale and I would caution parents to be aware of the content of the story before casually reading it with very young children. It is we23not a light and happy tale about three cats. The concept of war is described in a sensitive and tactful manner and there is no graphic violence in the narrative or illustrations. I believe this book is a good tool for explaining the senseless destruction that is the result of war and the need to rebuild and go on. Still, I expect that many children will be saddened by the story and may need comfort and more information about what happened and why. interesting quotes:"People call these places by different names. Sometimes they fight about who owns the land. But the three Lucys don't care about names and who lives where. They only care about drinking milk, running after birds, leaping into my lap, and sleeping in the sun." (p. 4 - unpaged)"My heart feels as heavy as an apple falling from a tree." (p. 34 - unpaged)"Lucy Lucy is always in my memories and in my dreams, where there are no more bombings and the world is at peace. Lucy Lucy is safe, and she sleeps anywhere she wants." (p. 38 - unpaged)

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    2018-11-15 14:07

    Cybils nominee for Best Fiction Picture Book 2o16.

  • Barbara
    2018-10-31 13:11

    Luli is a young Lebanese boy who loves the three cats that live with his family. He enjoys spending time sitting under a tree with Lucy the Fat, Lucy the Skinny, and Lucy Lucy. After a visit with family members in the city, his family is unable to return to their home on the border between Lebanon and Israel because, to their dismay, their town is under attack, and it isn't safe to return home. While they seek refuge with Uncle Adel and Aunt Layla, Luli is anxious because of all the bombing around them and because he fears for his feline friends. They return after a month has passed and make note of various degrees of destruction left from the violence between the Israelis and the Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia who fired thousands of bombs into the area every day. To Luli's disappointment, only two of his cats have survived, and he is heartbroken by the loss of Lucy Lucy. Appropriately, the author describes his feelings in this way: "My heart feels as heavy as an apple falling from a tree" (unpaged). Even while he watches his town being rebuilt and mourns his lost cat, Luli finds joy in remembering her and dreaming a world where there is no war. The text and watercolor illustrations beautifully capture his feelings and this experience. An Author's Note provides background on the July War that is at the center of this story. Although the book is filled with sadness, it also contains elements of hope and shows the resilience of Luli and those around him. The author has drawn from his own family's experiences in Lebanon in 2006. I am pleased to add this to my classroom collection because of the many possible ways in which it can be woven into various lessons on war, conflict, loss, and resilience. I can think of no other picture book that covers this particular terrain so effectively since readers are given a glimpse of war from a child's perspective.

  • Alex Baugh
    2018-11-10 14:58

    Young Luli likes nothing better than to sit in the shade of an olive tree behind his house in Lebanon playing with his three cats, the three Lucys: Lucy the Fat, Lucy the Skinny, and Lucy Lucy. In the summer, when Luli goes to visit family in Beirut, he makes sure to leave the Lucys plenty of food and water. Beirut is exciting, and the visit is full of good food, music and especially books and stories. At the end of the weekend, they are almost home when suddenly there is a scream in the sky, followed by a loud boom and fiery flash in the sky. Luli, his mom and dad return to his aunt and uncle's home where they hope they will be safe, staying in the basement. As the day go by, and his family still can't go home, Luli begins to worry about his three Lucys. Finally, a cease-fire is called and the family prepares to return home. But what will they find after 34 days of fighting and bombing? Will their home still be standing? Or Luli's school? And what about the three Lucys? Have they survived the attacks? Will life ever be the same for Luli and everyone else affected by the fighting? I have always been interested in the way author's depict the impact of war on children and The Three Lucys is an excellent example of this. Young Luli learns how to deal with loss and grief, but finds strength within his family, and also sees how people are able to repair and rebuild their lives in the hope that the future will remain peaceful. Kahn's watercolor illustrations are a contrasting palette of peaceful warm and hostile cool colors, but capture the warmth of family love throughout. Be sure to read the Author's Note to find out more about the fighting that impacted Luli's life.

  • Linda
    2018-10-30 15:15

    This story of war is a heartbreaking relating of the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon, told from the viewpoint of a six year old boy who visited family in Beirut and on the way home he and his parents had to turn back to Beirut because their own town was being bombed. It focuses on his three cats, named Lucy: Lucy the Fat, Lucy the Skinny, and Lucy Lucy, and all loved, but different. From the rush back to their extended family and huddling in the cellar, to hearing family argue and argue over the conflict, the boy shows he’s upset, and underneath that, shows the main worry about his cats. They had planned to be away only for a weekend, but are gone a month! Finally returning home shows destruction and two very thin cats, but one missing one. The book is serious, may be a good one to introduce other children in the world and how they are living with the tension and stress of conflict. There is a brief author’s note that tells some about this conflict and that it is based on a true story. The watercolor paintings by Sara Kahn follow the text with realistic portraits of happy and sad times.

  • Sandra Lemus
    2018-10-22 11:08

    Summary: This story takes place during the 2006 summer war between Lebanon and Israel. It follows a young boy who has three cats and is worried about them when the first attack occurs. Readers may need to grab a tissue!Evaluation: This book does a great job with dealing with loss. Readers get to really see how innocent children are and a glimpse of the 2006 summer war that most people don't talk about. Teaching Idea: I believe this book would be appropriate for the upper grades (4th, 5th). I would read the book to students and hope they would make a connection to the book and write about it. I would tell them my connection, that way maybe they will see that everyone experiences a loss of some sort. I don't want them to feel down, but at the same time kids should be able to express their feelings that aren't always jolly. After the lesson, I would pass out candy, that way students aren't feeling sad throughout the day :)

  • Jean Grabaskas
    2018-11-05 12:58

    This is a poignant book about a boy, Luli, from Lebanon and his three cats, Lucy the Fat, Lucy the Skinny, and Lucy Lucy. On their way back home from Beirut visiting relatives for the day, they see a flash across the sky. Bombs! I hadn't read what this book was about, so it took me by surprise. Luli's family has to go back to Beirut to stay with relatives until the bombing stops, which lasts for over a month. Luli worries about his cats but also knows his parents are worried about their family, so he doesn't mention them. This is taken from the real events that happened in 2006 called the July War.

  • Deanna Ritchie
    2018-11-17 18:59

    This story is a good way to introduce loss and war to a child. Luli went to visit family and he ended up being trapped there because a war had broken out near his home town. He worried about his kitties he left behind. When they eventually went home his kitties were no where to be found. They had to rebuild their life from the ground up. I feel this book is easily relatable in many ways.

  • Lupine
    2018-10-20 11:06

    A beautiful book....but can be a tough read and will definitely spark some conversation.

  • Liz
    2018-10-30 12:03

    I cried.

  • Gretchen
    2018-10-31 14:13

    This is one of those books that you look at and you think, what a nice, sweet picture book. Then you begin to read it and you see that there is so much more. It starts off talking about a young boy talking about his three cats, all named Lucy. He tells you about their daily routines and the wonderful simple life they share in Lebanon. Then in the middle of the book, on a drive home from their relatives, bombing begins. They must immediately return to their relatives and wait out the bombing (in the basement at nights) and worried during the days. This last for months before the cease fire. When they head home, you see the devastation of home and the land around it and think about what it would be like to live in a country like that. You also think about the Lucys. They call for them and after time, two of the Lucys are found. Sadly, one of the Lucys did not survive. Dealing with this loss is a way that students can deal with losses of their own and make some of the horrors of bombing of lands in a concrete way.

  • April
    2018-10-19 18:13

    Thank you to Lee & Low for the uncorrected proof. This is my unbiased opinion. The Three Lucys is a gentle story of war and displacement told through the lens of a child. As the story begins, we find ourselves in Lebanon with Luli and his three cats, the Lucys. Luli's world is kind and comfortable: playing with his cats, enjoying time with family, and eating delicious foods. This snug, safe setting may seem all too familiar to many young readers here in the United States. Having said that, I am glad that the Charara opens the book by painting this lifestyle, which I feel may help provoke empathy in young readers: a virtue that is often absent amongst present day discussions of those displaced by war (especially in this part of the world). As war breaks out, unexpected to Luli, everything seems to fall apart: schools, homes, and most noticeably, his own family's happiness and carefree lifestyle. As I was reading, I felt Luli's fear and anxiousness so close to me, but felt distanced from the adults: just as Luli does. From the soft, dreamy illustrations, to the Arabic sprinkled in between the English text, I felt as if most elements of this book were authentic and purposeful. Charara has crafted a timely picture book filled with childlike hope, while touching on the softest, yet most heartbreaking consequences of war.

  • Pam
    2018-11-03 17:26

    A sensitive portrayal of war from a child's perspective. This young man takes us through changes and loss during a middle eastern conflict.

  • Debby Baumgartner
    2018-11-04 17:07

    Luli lives close to Beirut Lebanon with his three cats. All have the name of Lucy. He must leave them behind when the bombing starts in his town. Short account of the 2006 was between Lebanese militia, Hezbollah and Israel.

  • Jen
    2018-10-19 18:03


  • Paula
    2018-11-16 13:16

    Cataloged as J

  • Kate Puleo Unger
    2018-11-08 16:57

    ages 6-10This story is about bombings and war, but it's also about the worry and loss of losing a pet.

  • Kim Piddington
    2018-10-24 17:05

    Based on the 2006 war between Lebanon and Israel-told through the eyes of a young boy who loses a beloved pet in the bombings.

  • Andréa
    2018-11-07 19:26

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2018-11-05 13:10

    A poignant, accessible story for younger children about fear, loss and resilience in war from a young Lebanese boy's perspective.

  • Rachel
    2018-10-31 16:04

    A book about war that is approachable for even the youngest reader.