Penny and Her Sled

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Book Information

Illustrator
Publisher
HarperCollins Greenwillow Books October 2019
Curriculum
Character-Building Curriculum

Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes’s award-winning and bestselling mouse, Penny, stars in an irresistible story about anticipation, disappointment, and a brand-new sled. Told in five short chapters, Penny and Her Sled is perfect for reading alone, reading aloud, and sharing together.

When Penny, a sweet and curious mouse, gets a new sled, she can’t wait to use it. But there’s one big problem—there’s no snow!

Patiently, Penny waits and watches for the snow to appear. She puts on her scarf and hat. She sleeps with her mittens. Maybe if she’s ready, the snow will finally come. But day after day, the snow does not arrive. Finally, Penny decides she will use her sled for other things—it’s too wonderful not to!

With a little imagination, the sled becomes a bridge for her glass animals to cross. It becomes a bed for her doll, Rose. It becomes a magic carpet that takes Penny and Rose on adventures all around the world.

And as Penny waits for a snowfall that may never appear, she learns all about the power of patience, imagination, play . . . and spring! Told in five short chapters, and with an emphasis on family and patience, Penny and Her Sled is the perfect choice for emerging readers and for family sharing.---from the publisher

56 pages                                978-0062934536                         Ages 4-8

Keywords: animals, adventure, mouse, mice, sled, winter, seasons, patience, imagination, positive attitude, family, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old

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Kevin Henkes has a couple of superpowers. One of them is storytelling. One of them is illustrating. One of them is teaching us a new way to see the world.

How wonderful that he is using his perceptiveness about how it feels to be a child to give children a bridge to the magical world of using their imaginations. We all know how frustrating it can be to get a new sled and not have any snow. You wait. You wait. You wait.

But now thanks to Kevin Henkes, just maybe, our children will hear Penny's story and that story will be the catalyst for our children to ignite their own imaginations. Penny's sled leads her to five chapters of grand adventure - no snow required.

What wonders will be born in the imaginations of the lucky children who get the gift of meeting Penny, sharing her frustration and then seeing the amazing fun she has while she waits.

Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

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