by David Soman
Dial Books, 2010. Picture book.
Lulu, also known as the fearless Ladybug Girl when she dons her wings, can’t wait to go swimming in the waves on her first trip to the beach. But when she finally gets there, she finds the ocean much more intimidating than she expected. She spends the day with her dog Bingo, building sand castles, flying kites, and avoiding the water. But when her favorite purple pail is taken by the tide, it’s time to face her fears. This is a job for Ladybug Girl! A sweet story about first experiences and exploring nature which realistically portrays the process of gradually building up courage and confidence to do something scary.