Penny and Her Marble
Category: Children’s Easy Reader
Synopsis: Penny finds a marble in Mrs. Goodwin’s yard and decides to keep it. Until she suffers from guilt.
Rating: *** (3-star scale)
Comments:Kevin Henkes is a genius at knowing how children think, what they do, and why. He has a remarkable ability to create sensitive characters, whether it’s Lily in the uncooperative chair (or being disgusted by her baby brother) or Wemberly worrying or Penny developing a bellyache over having a marble that isn’t hers. As a sensitive kid myself, I sure could have used a book like this to tell me it’s okay to feel things more deeply.
Because really, how many kids would tie themselves in knots because they picked up something outside and thought it was so lovely they kept it? How many would put it back because they were sure it was the right thing to do? Not many, I’d say. We tend to raise kids out of that kind of sensitivity.
At any rate, I loved this book like I love all Henkes books. And I plan to search out Penny and Her Song and Penny and Her Doll.
P.S. This book was just awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award. Yay, Penny!
Would you recommend this to a friend?Yes.
You might also enjoy:ANYthing else by Kevin Henkes (esp. if the main character is a mouse).