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Penny & Jelly: Slumber Under the Stars

by Maria Gianferrari

Other authors: Thyra Heder (Illustrator)

Series: Penny & Jelly (2)

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Night time AND pets ( )
  melodyreads | Dec 12, 2017 |
Penny and Jelly, the girl/dog duo who first appeared in Maria Gianferrari's Penny & Jelly: The School Show return in this second picture-book devoted to their adventures. This time they're excited to go to a "Sleepover Under the Stars Night" at their local community center. Then they discover that pets aren't permitted. Penny tries to come up with a substitute Jelly, but nothing works. Is the star-watching ruined, or can she come up with another solution...?

Like its predecessor, Penny & Jelly: Slumber Under the Stars pairs an entertaining tale of the love between girl and dog with adorable artwork by Thyra Heder. Unfortunately, although I do think the story is engaging, I found myself getting annoyed at the underlying premise, that there is something wrong with asking children to leave their pets at home for one day or night, in order to participate in a community event. After all, some children who want to come might be allergic. Or some pets may not be the best behaved. The idea that the solution to this 'problem' is to hold your own private party seems to run counter to the idea of having community-wide events at all. A better option (to my mind) would have been to show Penny and Jelly each enjoying their night separately, and then joyfully reuniting the next day, thereby teaching young reader/listeners that if they do have to be parted from their favorite animal - something bound to happen in their lives - it isn't the end of the world. Leaving aside that issue, I did still enjoy the characters, and found Heder's watercolor illustrations very expressive. If this author/illustrator created another Penny & Jelly book, I would undoubtedly read it, but this one isn't going on any favorites list... ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jul 21, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0544280059, Hardcover)

In this picture-book companion to Penny & Jelly: The School Show, Penny is invited to a slumber-under-the-stars sleepover! But there's one small detail that derails the dynamic kid-dog duo: no pets allowed. Penny and Jelly have to think quick—if the real Jelly can't go, then maybe a pretend Jelly can! A paper Jelly? Too rough. A yarn Jelly? Too soft. Jelly after Jelly just doesn’t work. But with a little creativity and a lot of heart, Penny figures out how to go to the sleepover—and bring Jelly along with her. Learn more about these best friends at www.pennyandjelly.com.

(retrieved from Amazon Tue, 02 Aug 2016 18:30:04 -0400)

"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"--… (more)

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