Penny and Jelly Slumber Under the Stars
by Maria Gianferrari; Illustrated by Thyra Heder
HMH Books for Young Readers (June 14, 2016)
Audience: PreK to 3rd Grade
Fiction * Friendship * Pets
Indiebound | WorldCat
Description from GoodReads:
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.
Review & Recipe:
Penny and her best buddy Jelly are back and this time they are planning for a sleepover under the stars. Everyone remembers their first sleepover and all of the excitement surrounding it and how there is just a tinge of nervousness because of being away from home for the first time.
For Penny, it is even harder because this sleepover doesn't allow pets. Oh no! What's a girl to do?
I give Penny lots of credit for her creativity in trying to create alternative versions of Penny out of paper, and yarn and other materials. But of course, it is just not the same. I can imagine that a young child might even feel this way if they wanted to bring a special stuffed toy. What would the other girls (in this case) think about needing to bring something to a party.
Well, you are going to need to read the book in order to find out how Penny and Jelly resolve the dilemma.
When I was thinking about a sleepover, I was thinking about how there could be theme-related snacks. I went in search of the perfect snack. (Isn't Google wonderful?) There were lots of ideas but my favorite is from the blog BAKE LOVE GIVE.
Isn't this a great idea? Campfire Trail Mix. All of the flavors of a S'more but without the mess. For the recipe, click here. Now if I could find mini-graham crackers in the shape of stars?!
The other snack I found and can't wait to try are Baked Cheddar Crackers in the shape of small stars from the blog by Winter Monroe.
For the recipe, click here.
What snack ideas would you want to try for a sleepover?
About the Author:
Maria Gianferrari hasn’t slumbered under the stars recently, but she has two favorite stars: the dog star, Sirius, like Penny and Jelly, and Betelgeuse—just because it’s so fun to say! Maria stargazes from her backyard in Virginia with her husband, Niko, an amateur astrophotographer, her artist-daughter, Anya, and the dog star of her household, Becca. This is her second book for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. For more information about Maria, please visit her website, mariagianferrari.com.
You can also visit Penny & Jelly at their website: http://www.pennyandjelly.com/
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