Penny and Her Sled

Greenwillow/HarperCollins/. Oct. 2019. 56p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780062934536.
PreS-Gr 2–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.
VERDICT 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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