Book review: The School Show, by Maria Gianferrari, illustrations by Thyra Heder

Gianferrari, Maria. The School Show. Illustrations by Thyra Heder. (Penny & Jelly series). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. $16.99. Unpaged. ISBN: 9780-544-23014-9. Gr. 1-3. P7 Q7

Gianferrari Penny & JellyThis story is one that many elementary school kids can relate to. It is a picture book that tells the story of a little girl who wants to find her talent so that she can perform in the school talent show. The illustrations humorously demonstrate how her dog helps her. In the end the story reveals her talent, and this teaches a lesson that everyone has a talent no matter how hidden it may seem. The book is light-hearted and lends itself to reading aloud.

November 2015 review by Devonee Tripp.

[Editor’s note: This appears to be the first book in the Penny & Jelly series, with a second title due out in 2016.]

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