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Publisher: Greenwillow Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2012
Material: hard cover
Summary: While Mama and Penny are in the garden, a package arrives. Gram sent Penny a new doll. Penny loves her right away, but everyone needs a name, and her doll doesn't have one. Who will she be? This easy reader introduces chapters to children learning to read.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, short chapter, easy reader
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Reading Level: 1.9
Age of Child: Read by a 10-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our preteen loved Penny when she was learning to read, and wanted to read this newest title, too. She thought this was "sweet," and even though she predicted the name, she still said "awww," at the end.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is one of the sweetest Penny books yet. I loved that this was a gift from Gram and that Penny adopted her as a family member right away. The conversation between Mama and Penny in the garden is fun and doesn't joke "down" to young readers.
Pros: This sweet story about a girl, a doll, and her family, make this a wonderful read aloud for young children, not just developing readers.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, unless you want to share this with your toddler / preschooler, too. If so, you'll be reading it for years, so go buy a copy.
Educational Themes: This is a short chapter book to give new readers practice. Penny's dilemma about naming her doll is one that kids can relate to.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, family, easy reader series
Date(s) Reviewed: December 2014
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.