Penny and Her Sled

By: Kevin Henkes

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.

Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9780062934543

JLG Release: Feb 2020


Series: Penny
Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: NoneSleds , Patience , Mice , Winter , Weather , Imagination and play

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School Library Journal

The blurb in each of the “Penny” series titles asks the question “What do you think will happen?” encouraging predictions and discussion by readers and listeners. In this, the fourth Penny book, the young mouse is met with a situation that causes her consternation. It’s winter and she has a new red sled. All she requires now is snow, but The blurb in each of the “Penny” series titles asks the question “What do you think will happen?” encouraging predictions and discussion by readers and listeners. In this, the fourth Penny book, the young mouse is met with a situation that causes her consternation. It’s winter and she has a new red sled. All she requires now is snow, but that doesn’t appear to be arriving anytime soon. Weeks pass and she waits for the precipitation to arrive, both patiently and then not so much, but it is not forthcoming. She imagines her sled is sad, leaning forlornly against the wall in her bedroom, so she decides to put it to use and, in the process, entertains her younger siblings, her doll Rose, and herself. Thinking outside the box, Penny devises many ways her sled can come in handy. When spring arrives, her mother devises the perfect way to end the snowless winter and welcome a new season. Five chapters with short sentences, word repetition, and sweet illustrations on every page will have new readers enthusiastic about another episode in the life of the little mouse and her family.

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In her first easy-reader outing in six years (most recently Penny and Her Marble, rev. 3/13), Penny waits for snow. It’s winter, and the young mouse wants nothing more than to use her new sled. Although her parents reassure her that “it will,” to Penny it seems as if “it would never snow.” (And, in a very Henkes-esque twist, it act In her first easy-reader outing in six years (most recently Penny and Her Marble, rev. 3/13), Penny waits for snow. It’s winter, and the young mouse wants nothing more than to use her new sled. Although her parents reassure her that “it will,” to Penny it seems as if “it would never snow.” (And, in a very Henkes-esque twist, it actually doesn’t.) Wearing mittens to bed and sitting bundled up on her sled in the living room do not bring the snow, and so Penny fills her waiting days with ice-skating and hot-cocoa drinking. Realizing that snow might not arrive, Penny resiliently decides, “I will use my sled for something else,” and her imagination turns the sled into a bridge, a house, a bed, and a magic carpet. As winter comes to an end, Penny’s mother encourages her to watch and wait for spring. Penny’s initial hesitation at this idea is replaced with wonder as her waiting is rewarded with a different type of snow. Through the earnest and oh-so-lovable Penny, Henkes speaks to children’s natural sensibilities and feelings—the tediousness of waiting, the frustrations of unmet expectations, and the startling joy of delayed gratification. Colorful illustrations sing with emotion and movement, extending the simple text and giving further insight into Penny’s wishing, waiting, watching, and welcoming. It’s a gentle story of patience, and, like Penny, at its conclusion readers will be met with unexpected beauty.

Book Details

ISBN

9780062934543

First Release

February 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

8" x 6"

Page Count

56

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.6; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 450L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition

Publisher

Greenwillow Bks.

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

NoneSleds, Patience, Mice, Winter, Weather, Imagination and play,

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