Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Bernice Gets Carried Away by Hannah E. Harrison- OPTIONAL

Harrison, Hannah E. Bernice Gets Carried Away. PICTURE BOOK. Penguin Young Readers Group, 2015. $16.99. Content: G. Birthday parties are supposed to be fun- unless you don’t get a rose on your piece of cake, the piñata is broken before your turn and you are stuck with the least favorite soda flavor.  Bernice is simply having a horrible time.  When it’s time to pass out balloons, Bernice decided she is going to not only be first to receive one, but isn’t even going to share.  As she grabs onto the bunch of balloons, she is suddenly carried away into the sky.  Bernice learns how to share her balloons one by one, ends up floating back to the ground, and finds that sharing with everyone brings her more happiness than ever before.  The illustrations are unique and beautiful.  The story lacks excitement.  The theme about competition and sharing is important, but the execution wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be.  Pre-K. EL (K-3).  OPTIONAL. Reviewer: SL

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