Penny and Her Sled
When Penny, a sweet and curious mouse, gets a new sled, she can’t wait to use it. But there’s one big problem—there’s no snow!
Patiently, Penny waits and watches for the snow to appear. She puts on her scarf and hat. She sleeps with her mittens. Maybe if she’s ready, the snow will finally come. But day after day, the snow does not arrive. Finally, Penny decides she will use her sled for other things—it’s too wonderful not to!
With a little imagination, the sled becomes a bridge for her glass animals to cross. It becomes a bed for her doll, Rose. It becomes a magic carpet that takes Penny and Rose on adventures all around the world.
And as Penny waits for a snowfall that may never appear, she learns all about the power of patience, imagination, play . . . and spring! Told in five short chapters, and with an emphasis on family and patience, Penny and Her Sled is the perfect choice for emerging readers and for family sharing.
As an early chapter book, the text is fairly repetitive and easy to read, with large, spacious font. There are images in small squares which break up the text and give young readers a lovely glimpse into Penny's life.
What I loved: The simplicity of the story makes it great for young readers who are just beginning to read chapter books. The illustrations are lovely and full of bright colors, which will appeal to a broad audience. The story line is easy to follow and has a happy conclusion with the finding of the flowers. It also presents a great message of dealing with disappointment and managing goals.
Final verdict: Overall, this is a charming early chapter book that will appeal to young readers, particularly those who are fans of winter and will empathize with Penny's wait for snow. With an ultimately happy ending, this fun read includes great illustrations and clear fonts that make it a great early chapter book to pick up.