… and when a ladybug balloon is made at a birthday party and offered out to the crowd, a certain someone’s hand is raised the very highest.
I’m not surprised a bit about her connection with Lulu. Lulu’s exact age is never referenced, but she seems to be about four – not yet in school, but independent enough to explore her house and her yard and the playground on her own. She’s the second child, with a much older brother who is busy with his own interests and his own friends. She wants to be included, but she also does not care for her brother’s superior, know-it-all attitude, and she really does not like to be referred to as “little”. She’s got a terrific imagination, and she feels brave and gutsy and ready for challenges, but in reality, she’s pretty nervous about a lot of new experiences in her environment – the ocean, the forest, her own backyard. She also struggles with the dynamics among her own group of friends – she’s at that age where kids really start to form close bonds with a core group of friends with similar interests (like dressing up as bugs and grand, imaginative play) – but they aren’t quite equipped to deal with dissent when everyone’s idea for the afternoon’s play is different.