Published by Neal Porter Books
Summary: A girl enjoys solitary pleasures, like reading a book, riding a bike, and eating a cookie. The text on each page ends with “But what if a friend stops by?” Sharp-eyed observers will notice a small stuffed animal in each illustration. Turn the page and the girl is joined by a real-life version of that animal, enjoying the activity together. The last page shows the girl cozily in bed, with a stuffed penguin under her bed as she drifts off to sleep. 40 pages; ages 3-7.
Pros: This charming book shows the pleasures of spending time alone and using your imagination. It would be a fun one to share, as kids will get a kick out of finding the animal in each illustration to predict what they’ll see when you turn the page.
Cons: Doesn’t the penguin want to be cozy under the covers, too?
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