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Lucy & Tom Go to School (Picture Puffin) Paperback – 30 Apr 1992


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (30 April 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140544151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140544152
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 0.4 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shirley was born in West Kirby, near Liverpool, and studied fashion and dress design at Liverpool Art School, before continuing her studies at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. She then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator in London, where she still lives today. She illustrated other writers' work, including Noel Streatfeild, Alison Uttley, Ian Seraillier, Margaret Mahy and notably Dorothy Edwards's My Naughty Little Sister series. Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young.

Her first book - Lucy and Tom's Day - was published in 1960, and she followed it with, among others, Dogger and the Alfie series. Shirley Hughes has won the Other Award, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, and the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration twice, for Dogger in 1977 and for Ella's Big Chance in 2003. In 2007 Dogger was voted the public's favourite Greenaway winner of all time. Shirley received an OBE in 1999 for services to Children's Literature.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By ruth e gladwin on 27 Feb 2004
Format: Hardcover
Although a little old-fashioned now, I have found this one of the most helpful books available with which to prepare your child for the great adventure of starting 'big school'. Shirley Hughes never compromises plot or character, but she still delivers a lot of information. When I read it with my eldest child the free milk seemed to date it, but now some schools are reintroducing that! The illustrations are detailed and realistic. Other books which I would recommend are The Anholts' "Billy and the Big New School" and the Ahlbergs' "Starting School".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arachne202 on 18 Mar 2013
Format: Paperback
I bought this for my 5-year-old last August, just before she was about to make the plunge into starting school. She is still bringing it to me to be read at bedtime.

Lucy's almost five, and her little brother Tom is about three or four. They are getting bored with playing at home. Lucy starts school, and it's all very new and scary, but very exciting as well. Tom gets jealous, and comes close to having a public strop. His mother finds him a play group to join, and all ends happily.

The illustrations are incredibly realistic, and though the book was published in 1973, there is a diverse range of children in the class. There are a couple of old-fashioned touches - I had to explain to my daughter that Wiggle Waggle was called music and movement then, and children wore their vests and knickers to it instead of their PE uniforms - but it causes no more difficulty than explaining what a woodcutter is in a fairy tale. My daughter greatly relates to the story and the characters.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Spencer on 31 Mar 2011
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I love this book but gave it 4 stars, maybe because the boy Lucy doesn't get on with at school frightened even me
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By Lynn on 30 Jun 2014
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Speedy arrival, classic story
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By R. Deighton on 19 Jun 2014
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As my children are of the same names and my youngest starts school in September I had to buy it! Love Shirley Hughes books anyway!
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