Pulling Together by Lois Wickstrom

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Pulling Together by Lois Wickstrom
Genre – Kids, Family
Page Count – 28

Grandma knits Lila a poncho.  This poncho has not one, but three, head holes in it! Lila is sure Grandma made a mistake. Grandma sends her out to play, saying, “We all pull together!” Lila thinks that makes no sense. She encounters three kids who need her help, including the neighborhood bully. Who will she help? And what does the poncho have to do with it?


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Lois Wickstrom lives in a world where imaginary playmates are real. She doesn’t remember being born, so she finds unbirthdays are more exciting than the official once-a-year date on the calendar. She’s taken so many science classes that she believes science is the solution to almost every problem, including the dilemmas in fairy tales.

She writes by herself. She writes with co-authors. She asks illustrators what they would like to draw. If she ever writes her autobiography, the title will be My Life as a Group Project.

Her mother used to get angry with her for daydreaming. Her little sister picked on her. So she lived in books and wrote her own stories in which the bad-guys made sense, and the good-guys had a chance. As she has grown older, her imagination has grown weirder. Even she doesn’t know what she will write next.

Lois is a former science teacher. She has written a series of science-based folktales, and turned some of them into plays. In each modernized tale, the protagonist achieves a better ending because of learning scientific principles. Lois likes to garden, ride her bike with her husband, cook, and she votes in every election.

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