Junonia by Kevin Henkes

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Returning to the beach cottage—a cottage named Scallop—where she has always celebrated her birthday is a special occasion for Alice Rice.

Who will see the first dolphin this time? The first pelican? What will have changed? Stayed the same? And will this be the year she finally finds a junonia shell?

Alice's friends are all returning, too. And she's certain her parents have the best party planned for her. Alice can't wait. If Alice is lucky, everything will be absolutely perfect. Will Alice be lucky?


About Kevin Henkes

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Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages—among them are Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum, and Wemberly Worried. He was awarded the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon, a Caldecott Honor for Owen, and a Newbery Honor for Olive's Ocean. He lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.
Published May 24, 2011 by Greenwillow Books. 192 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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Every year, Alice celebrates her birthday week in February with her parents in a cottage on the beach in Sanibel, far from her snowy Wisconsin home.

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The New York Times

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A blossoming 10-year-old seeks a rare seashell in this middle grade novel.

Jun 17 2011 | Read Full Review of Junonia

Publishers Weekly

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In this introspective story about a child's search for a rare shell, Henkes (Bird Lake Moon) again displays his ability to find profound meaning in ordinary events. Every year Alice Rice and her paren

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Chicago Tribune

Alice's family has always gone on a midwinter vacation to shell-laden western Florida, staying in the same place with familiar neighbors.

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As Alice counts the minutes until Kate’s arrival, she decides “this kind of waiting—waiting for something good and bad tangled together—should be given its own special name.” The author betrays Alice’s feelings about Kate’s six-year-old traveling companion through his description: she “had a roun...

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