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The Resource Penny and her marble, Kevin Henkes

Penny and her marble, Kevin Henkes

Label
Penny and her marble
Title
Penny and her marble
Statement of responsibility
Kevin Henkes
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Penny feels guilty after taking a beautiful blue marble that she sees in Mrs. Goodwin's grass, but gets a pleasant surprise when she goes to return it the next day
Member of
Tone
Character
Illustration
Award
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2013.
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2014
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Preschool-Grade 2 One morning, while pushing her doll’s stroller past Mrs. Goodwin’s house, Penny spies a big, sky-blue marble in her neighbor’s grass. After checking that no one is watching, she puts it in her pocket. Back at home, she enjoys playing with her new treasure until she sees Mrs. Goodwin in her yard “exactly where Penny had found the marble.” Suddenly Penny feels uncomfortable. That feeling grows, making it hard for her to eat or sleep. The next morning, after putting the marble back where she found it, she learns that her neighbor had placed it there in hopes that someone would find and love it. When Penny accepts the marble from Mrs. Goodwin and thanks her, all is well. Through his narratives, Henkes conveys shades of emotions that are common to the human experience yet hard to express in words. It’s particularly impressive that he can do so in a book for beginning readers. Told in short sentences and simple words with a natural cadence, the story lays out a moral dilemma, lets the heroine find her own solution, and concludes with a reassuringly good outcome. Expressive ink-and-watercolor illustrations complement the text on every page. This small-scale yet immensely satisfying drama is a fine addition to the Penny series. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Henkes's second book for beginning readers is sure to be as well received as his first, Penny and Her Song (2012). -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 12-15-2012) (Booklist, vol 109, number 8, p43)
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 2 — In the latest installment in the series, the young mouse is pushing her doll's stroller down the block when she spies a marble on her neighbor's lawn. After furtively looking around, Penny drops it in her pocket and races home. At first she delights in her new treasure, enjoying how smooth it feels between her fingers and how fast it rolls across the floor, but then she is overcome with guilt for taking something that doesn't belong to her. Henkes's nuanced watercolor and ink illustrations capture the shame-filled mouse hiding behind curtains. As she continues to worry, she loses her appetite: "The oranges in the bowl looked like big orange marbles. The peas on her plate looked like little green marbles." After a dream-filled night, Penny decides to put the marble back where she found it. When confronted by Mrs. Goodwin, Penny's "cheeks were hot. She could not speak," but her kind neighbor reassures her that she put the marble on the grass hoping someone would pick it up. Readers will empathize with Penny and her conflicted emotions. The short sentences with plenty of repetition and superb pacing make this title perfect for beginning readers. A treasure.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada --Linda Ludke (Reviewed February 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 2, p76)
  • /* Starred Review */ Henkes ups the emotional stakes in his third book starring Penny, in which guilt hangs heavily over the young mouse. Penny is instantly smitten with the blue marble she discovers on a neighbor’s lawn, and she sneaks it into her pocket. Her backward-glancing eyes as she runs home clue readers in that she’s ambivalent about her decision, something she considers for the next few chapters. Henkes crystallizes the way guilt worms its way into the mind of someone who suspects she’s in the wrong, while putting his heroine at ease in the final pages. Ages 4–8. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed January 14, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 02, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Whose marble is it? In this third early reader about a little anthropomorphic mouse named Penny, Henkes continues to plumb the emotional world of childhood as few author/illustrators can. The story begins with Penny taking a walk and pushing her beloved doll, Rose, in a stroller. She heeds Mama's admonition that she "[o]nly go as far as Mrs. Goodwin's house," and when she arrives there, she spies a shiny blue marble at the edge of the lawn. Though unsure whether she should do so, Penny pockets the glinting little orb and scurries home. Later, Penny's conscience bothers her, and the marble hidden in her drawer adopts a presence akin to Poe's telltale heart. She can't bring herself to tell her concerned parents what is bothering her, and after a fitful night's sleep, she goes for another walk to return the marble. Hoping to make a quick getaway after surreptitiously replacing it, Penny is worried when her neighbor approaches. Will Mrs. Goodwin be angry that she took the marble? As it turns out, Mrs. Goodwin purposefully put the marble on her lawn in the hope that someone would find it and take it home as a little treasure. Reassured, Penny thanks Mrs. Goodwin and walks home, imagining herself beside a sea as blue as her new marble. Henkes' characteristically meticulous vignettes both expand the story and provide picture clues to help new readers along. Another gem. (Early reader. 5-8)(Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10170225
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Henkes, Kevin
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.H389
LC item number
Pei 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Penny (Kevin Henkes)
Series volume
0003
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lost and found possessions
  • Marbles
  • Mice
Target audience
primary
Label
Penny and her marble, Kevin Henkes
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
48 p.
Isbn
9780062082039
Isbn Type
(trade ed.)
Lccn
2012000708
Other physical details
col. ill.
Label
Penny and her marble, Kevin Henkes
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
48 p.
Isbn
9780062082039
Isbn Type
(trade ed.)
Lccn
2012000708
Other physical details
col. ill.

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