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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Penny
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062081993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062081995
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Henkes continues to give children reasons to want to read, long after the satisfaction of learning how to has passed.” (Horn Book (starred review))

“A doll of a beginning reader.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“The dynamics are spot-on.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“As supremely satisfying as a Henkes picture book, this beginning reader belongs in collections everywhere.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

Praise for Little White Rabbit:“Kevin Henkes has a rare ability to see through the eyes of children of all ages.” (Horn Book (starred review))

“Enormously appealing.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

About the Author

Kevin Henkes is the author of Junonia, Sun & Spoon, Bird Lake Moon, and the Newbery Honor Books The Year of Billy Miller and Olive's Ocean. He also writes and illustrates picture books, and among his many titles are the national bestsellers Little White Rabbit, My Garden, Old Bear, A Good Day, and Kitten's First Full Moon, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal. Mr. Henkes is also the creator of a series of books starring mouse characters, including the Penny books for beginning readers, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum, and Owen, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor.

Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

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A true Kevin Henkes delight, charming and heartwarming!
Cynthia A. Mccrory
The repetition in each story is so helpful as beginning readers are figuring out the words and reading to themselves.
L. Postell
Penny and Her Doll is Kevin Henkes second book about Penny the mouse.
Autumn

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Autumn on October 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Penny and Her Doll is Kevin Henkes second book about Penny the mouse. Penny has had the most wonderful surprise, a new doll sent from Grandma. The doll's bow is perfect, the doll's pink cheeks are perfect and the doll's big buttons are perfect. The only thing that is not perfect is that Penny cannot come up with a name for her doll. Mama and Papa try to help Penny come up with the perfect name but nothing seems to fit. As Penny shows her doll around the house the perfect name finally comes to her!
Nothing goes together like Henkes and mouse stories! His illustrations are always a treat and every little girl that has ever loved a doll will adore this book. This is perfect for beginning readers. Make sure to check out Penny and Her Song as well. Hopefully there will be more Penny stories to come!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ktk828 on November 23, 2012
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We saw Kevin Henkes at a book signing and he was fabulous! He said this was his second easy reader and I think he did a wonderful job with it. My second graders boys and girls both like it but it's probably most appropriate for first grade readers. He said, which I think was interesting; his first Penny book was about something that was hers, the second(this one) was about something that was given to her and the third( coming out next year) is about something she takes...each a bit more complex and adding more to the plot!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret C. VINE VOICE on October 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Reading Penny and Her Doll makes me definitely want to add the first novel Penny and Her Song to my wishlist. Penny is an adorable character. I love the family interaction with Mama, Papa, Penny and the twins. This is also a lovely book. The shades of pink and purple with greens is very attractive to the eye.

I really enjoyed this ARC and I will be putting this on my wishlist for keeps as well as other Kevin Henkes books. Penny and Her Doll would make a great grandmama gift accompanied with a doll to a sweet granddaughter in one's life, but as a story it is enjoyable for all.

*Thanks to HarperCollins for providing a copy for review.*

After enjoying this one so much I have acquired Chester's Way and plan on many more of his books especially the Penny early readers and I plan to dip my toes in his middle readers such as Junonia as well.
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By Catherine Nichols on October 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In Kevin Henkes' second easy reader starring Penny, the young mouse receives the gift of a doll from her doting grandmother. Penny loves the doll at once but is stumped by what her name should be. Her wise parents advise her not to force the issue, and, left to her own devices, Penny eventually finds the perfect name for her doll, one that alert young readers might be able to predict before Penny's announcement.

Both Penny and Her Song and this new book hark back to classic easy readers, a genre I'm admittedly partial to. The story is unhurried and unfolds in its own time. The text is written in rhythmic, simple sentences with certain words repeated to help new readers with fluency. The illustrations support the text and add delightful details, like the wicker basket Penny's two wiggly baby siblings are often put in to stay out of trouble. And no one can do subtle expressions on a mouse face like Henkes. Bravo!
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Bought this for my daughter and in fact used it as a party favor for all the girls at her 4th birthday. Easy introduction to the basic concept of a "chapter book". Enough basic words that she could work through, but still needed adult help to read the whole story.

If your daughter loves her dolls, this is a sweet book for her.
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Our daughter loves the Kevin Henkes books. We have just about all of them. They are entertaining and full of great family values. They teach children helpful lessons through fun and memorable stories. We highly recommend the books.
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By Jan Z. on August 16, 2014
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This is an adorable story about a mouse child, Penny, receiving a doll from her Grandma and her dilemma when trying to name the doll. The story is perfect for my 5 year old granddaughter.
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By Cynthia A. Mccrory on March 12, 2013
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A true Kevin Henkes delight, charming and heartwarming! Penny is a character that young children and adults will relate to.
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More About the Author

Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of close to fifty critically acclaimed and award-winning picture books, beginning readers, and novels. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon in 2005. Kevin Henkes is also the creator of a number of picture books featuring his mouse characters, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Lilly's Big Day and Wemberly Worried, the Caldecott Honor Book Owen, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. His most recent mouse character, Penny, was introduced in Penny and Her Song (2012); her story continued in Penny and Her Doll and Penny and Her Marble (a Geisel Honor Book). Bruce Handy, in a New York Times Book Review piece about A Good Day, wrote, "It should be said: Kevin Henkes is a genius." Kevin Henkes received two Newbery Honors for novels--one for his newest novel for young readers, The Year of Billy Miller, and the other for Olive's Ocean. Also among his fiction for older readers are the novels Junonia, Bird Lake Moon, The Birthday Room, and Sun & Spoon. He lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin. You can visit him online at www.kevinhenkes.com.

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