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 Darcy's first sleepover
 Author: Fortenberry, Julie

 Publisher:  Holt (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [40] p., col. ill., 21 x 26 cm

 BTSB No: 325171 ISBN: 9781250755902
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Sleepovers -- Fiction
 Cousins -- Fiction
 Anxiety -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

When Darcy spends her first night away from home she is a little apprehensive, but when the sun comes up and breakfast is on the table she realizes sleepovers can be a lot of fun.

   Kirkus Reviews (05/15/21)
   Booklist (06/01/21)

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Booklist - 06/01/2021 Darcy loves her familiar bedtime routine, which includes comfy pajamas, strawberry-flavored toothpaste, and cuddling with Little Cat, her favorite stuffed animal, while Dad reads a picture book to them. But when she decides to sleep over at her cousin Kayla’s house, everything seems different. She’s wearing one of Kayla’s nightgowns, brushing her teeth with mint toothpaste, and missing Little Cat at bedtime. While a phone call to Dad provides reassurance, and seeing the familiar moon through Kayla’s window comforts Darcy, sleep is a long time coming. Still, Darcy has a brilliant idea for another sleepover: “This time, at my house,” she tells Kayla, who admits that she has never slept over in someone else’s home. In the author’s note, Fortenberry recalls her daughter’s first, not-entirely-successful sleepovers and offers a little practical advice. Focusing on the differences between Darcy’s and Kayla’s bedtime rituals, the well-structured story makes it clear why Darcy couldn’t sleep. Fully resonant with the text, the illustrations have a winsome look that is most appealing. A realistic, first-sleepover picture book with a happy ending. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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