Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick by Kevin Henkes

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Much to our delight, Kevin Henkes's Sheila Rae is back! The lovable mouse who first charmed readers in Sheila Rae, the Brave returns with sweet tale about a sisterly struggle and "just deserts."

The adorable Sheila Rae has a new treat for eats -- a scrumptious peppermint stick. As she admires its sweet and pretty perfection, her little sister, Louise, expresses equal enthusiasm. "Please?" she says, in utter simplicity. Sheila Rae makes her sibling work for a taste, making her guess the number of stripes on the delicious treat. When Louise fails that test, Sheila Rae climbs upon a mound of books and pillows and firmly says Louise can have a taste if she can reach it. But it's too high for the little mouse. Suddenly, Sheila Rae loses her balance -- she comes tumbling down, and the peppermint stick breaks in half. Louise has triumphed -- now there are two! They happily eat the candy and Sheila Rae sweetly admits, "I was going to give you some all along!"

This beautiful board book captures all the elements of a true classic for babies, along with gorgeous color and pretty pastels filling in the pages. Wonderfully simple and short text makes reading easy for youngsters. And the artwork is perfectly suited for young eyes -- just enough color, and simple lines against a spare background.

Kevin Henkes has long been our favorite, and with this yummy offering, he holds his place as one of the best. (Amy Barkat)

 

About Kevin Henkes

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Kevin Henkes is the author of Junonia, Sun & Spoon, Bird Lake Moon, and the Newbery Honor Book Olive's Ocean. He also writes and illustrates picture books, and among his many titles are the national bestsellers Little White Rabbit, My Garden, Old Bear, A Good Day, and Kitten's First Full Moon, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal. Mr. Henkes is also the creator of a series of books starring mouse characters, including the Penny books for beginning readers, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum, and Owen, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor.Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.
 
Published August 7, 2001 by Greenwillow.
Genres: Young Adult, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Sheila Rae is lamenting, with just a small smirk, the fact that she doesn’t have two candies when Fate intervenes with a misstep that lands Sheila in a heap and the candy in two pieces.

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The mouse heroine of Henkes's pitch-perfect comedy doesn't frighten easily--she even growls at stray dogs.

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Children can play-act the story of the big sister who learns to share with Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick Board Book and Finger Puppet Set by Kevin Henkes.

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In his first board-book format, Kevin Henkes brings the star of Sheila Rae, the Brave back in Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick.

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