Lucy and la petite nouvelle: The Newcomer
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: Lucy and la petite nouvelle: The Newcomer
Author: Judith Grimme
Series: The Front Porch Diaries Volume 1
Major Themes: Family, Friends, Christian Fiction
Synopsis: When a new family moves into town from France, Lucy and her brother Eddie help the children settle in.
I rarely come across a children’s chapter book being offered for review that looks like one I would be interested in, so when I found Lucy and lapetite nouvelle: The Newcomer, I decided to request it. It looked like a fun story about children in the 1960s. I came away from it somewhat disappointed, unfortunately.
Eddie and Lucy have a happy life with their father and mother, older brother and younger sister. One day, Dad asks the family if they would like to have his new co-worker over for a meal. The man came from France, and is planning to bring his family to live in town soon. The children are very excited about meeting a man from France, and even more excited to meet his children when they arrive.
Eddie and Lucy enjoyed a fishing trip, and Lucy had great fun at a slumber party with her friends while she waited for the French family to come. When that day finally arrived, she helped her new friend settle into school, and tried to make peace between her new and her old friends. Near the end of summer, the two families enjoyed the county fair together.
The author has certainly achieved her goal of writing a simple story about family relationships and friendship. As far as that goes, Lucy and lapetite nouvelle: The Newcomer is a great story. I struggled with it, however, because of the writing style. The verbs used are mostly being verbs, rather than action verbs. My children would not find this book very interesting, even though it is a safe, clean story. It is a wonderful example of children helping new people feel welcome and settle in.
I received a free copy of this book from BookCrash, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
WARNING: The word geez appears once, in chapter 2.
Read Aloud—Ages 5 – 8
Reading Independently—Ages 7 – 9, 8 – 12
Keywords: Family, Friends, Christian Fiction, Books for Girls