|Penny & Jelly : slumber under the stars|
Author: Gianferrari, Maria
Penny is thrilled to get her invitation to a slumber under the stars party, but then she realizes that no pets are allowed--and she'll have to leave her beloved dog Jelly home for the evening. With a little creative thinking, though, Penny finds a way to sleep beneath the stars and have her canine companion by her side as she does it.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 182446
Kirkus Reviews (04/15/16)
School Library Journal (06/01/16)
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Booklist - 05/01/2016 Penny is wildly excited about tomorrow’s Sleepover under the Stars night at the recreation center, except for one rule: no pets. Knowing that she will miss her dog, Jelly, she tries to make a replica to take with her. First she colors, cuts, and glues together a paper dog. Next, she knits, loops, and braids a yarn dog. Equally disappointing are the Jelly look-alikes she constructs from marshmallows, vegetables, recycled cans, shaving cream, and so on. When Penny sees Jelly sitting among the lifeless models and watching her walk away, the moment is poignant for readers and pivotal for the story. Unwilling to leave without Jelly, Penny invites her friends over for a backyard sleepover with pets. Gianferrari offers a satisfying story in which a child attempts to solve a problem and fails, but then thinks more broadly and succeeds. Artistic kids will particularly enjoy watching Penny at work. Created with watercolors, pencil, and ink, the illustrations are appealing, and the double-page spread showing Jelly investigating 10 hand-crafted models of himself is imaginative and fun. A pleasure for reading aloud. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 06/01/2016 PreS-Gr 2—This is an adorable story about a girl, her dog, and the bond between them. Penny has so much to do when she receives an invitation to a slumber party at the recreation center. She begins to make a list of the items to bring with her—a sleeping bag, pajamas, a pillow, and her dog, Jelly. All is well until she finds out that pets are not allowed. Luckily, Penny is a resourceful little girl. If she can't take the real Jelly with her, then perhaps she can make a pretend one. Unfortunately, it's not as easy as she thinks, and it takes more than one try. Penny finds a variety of materials to create the perfect pretend Jelly. She uses paper, yarn, cotton, vegetables, and even jelly! Although her numerous attempts resemble her dog, Penny starts to realize that none of her creations can ever be as good as the real Jelly. What can she do? How could she have a good time at the slumber party without her best friend? The sweet ending to this book will satisfy children. The soft watercolor and ink illustrations are charming and provide young listeners with excellent visual images. The drawings depict Jelly's interest in, amazement at, and even dislike of some of the prototypes. VERDICT This is a great read-aloud that will generate many opportunities for discussion and is an excellent addition to most collections.—Barbara Spiri, Southborough Library, MA - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.