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Jessica

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  939 Ratings  ·  153 Reviews
"There is no Jessica," said Ruthie's parents. But of course there was. She ate with Ruthie, played with Ruthie, and was sorry when Ruthie was bad. Nobody could see Jessica -- except Ruthie. When it came time for Ruthie to go to school, Jessica went with her. Her parents hoped Ruthie would find a friend at school who would replace Jessica. They were in for a (happy) surpris ...more
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published March 20th 1989 by Greenwillow Books (first published 1989)
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Lindsay
Oct 12, 2011 Lindsay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I read this book with my second graders and they really enjoyed it, but thought the text was really simple and predictable. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but I wouldn't recommend using this text to promote critical discussion. On a different note, many of the kids could relate to the idea of having no one at home to play with and also had an imaginary friend or pet of some kind that they created to keep them company. The illustrations in this story were small and used talking bubbles ...more
Lisa Vegan
Jul 19, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children who are about to start school; only children with no pets; all young children
This book is another winner from Henkes. The illustrations are very cute, and although nothing super special, fit the story so well. The pictures being tiny make them extra fun. The story about a girl named Ruthie who has an imaginary friend named Jessica, is one that children will relate to, even if they’ve never had any imaginary friends. Lonely only children will no pets will especially understand Ruthie. I love how Ruthie’s beliefs and feelings are taken seriously and also how Ruthie, when h ...more
Kathryn
Jul 14, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another treat from the genius that is Henkes! This time, we feature a human girl (as opposed to his usual mice!) and her imaginary friend. As ever, the story is told with great sensitivity to a child's feelings, never making fun of the child for needing an imaginary friend, but gently showing how sometimes that need can be outgrown or filled in another way.
Jamie Hayes
Nov 22, 2016 Jamie Hayes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book while cleaning out boxes from my mother's house after she moved. Mt sister's name is Jessica, so I figured I would read it to see what the book was about. A cute story about a young girl dealing with loneliness and how her imaginary friend Jessica keeps her company throughout all of her adventures and how that imaginary friendship prepares the young girl for her real life friends when she starts school.
Rosa Cline
Jan 24, 2017 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, 2017
A little girl has an imaginary friend named Jessica. Everyone around her tries to tell her that there is no Jessica but she knows better. Jessica likes everything she likes, and does everything she does. Then she goes to school and has to come to terms with 'there is no Jessica" but is there? Her newest friend's name IS Jessica and she's just like Jessica she loves! A very sweet imaginary friend book.
Zoraida Rivera Morales
I like this book because it's true to what a kid this age feels and thinks. They do fun things, too and the ending is nice.
Eric Hinkle
Jan 02, 2017 Eric Hinkle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
!!!

Such a lovely book! Probably my favorite (that I've read so far) from fellow Wisconsinite Kevin Henkes. I feel honored to be from the same city, good sir.
Katie Fitzgerald
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

I had not thought about this book in years, until I discovered that my library owned a copy. And then I was not only pleased to see an old familiar title still being read by kids today, but surprised and delighted to learn it was written by Kevin Henkes! For whatever reason, I associate Henkes with a newer age of picture books, books I was too old to read by the time they were published, like Chrysanthemum (published in 1991 when I was 8), Li
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Sherrie Gallagher
This book is about a girl, Ruthie, an only child, whose only friend is her imaginary friend, Jessica. Ruthie’s parents are nervous that Ruthie will not make any friends in kindergarten because Ruthie’s imaginary friend Jessica will get in the way.

The illustrations are created with watercolor paints and a black pen. The illustrations are made with child like tools to show the child like features of the characters. It gives the feeling of simplicity and innocence to the story. The watercolors als
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Elizabeth Sousa
Oct 13, 2013 Elizabeth Sousa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jessica by Kevin Henkes (my favorite children's author - I will not let this bias my review) tells the story of Ruthie, a pet-less, sibling-less little girl who dreams up the perfect, albeit imaginary, friend - Jessica. Ruthie's parents are worried that their daughter will not be able to make any friends on her first day of Kindergarten if she doesn't leave Jessica behind. Luckily, this sort of thing doesn't worry Ruthie in the slightest.

The endpapers feature a rainbow of colors, doodled with w
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Felicia
Jessica is the story of a little girl named Ruthie who spends all of her time with her best friend Jessica, but Jessica isn't an ordinary little girl...

The front cover features a little girl walking barefoot through the grass playing an instrument. The playful artwork of the front cover suggest that this will be a very lighthearted entertaining story. "Jessica" is written in Monticello, as with the rest of the text, but seems to pop from the page because each letter is a different color. Seemin
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Meghan Porter
"Ruthie Simms didn't haqve a dog. She didn't have a cat, or a brother, or a sister. But Jessica was the next best thing." Jessica by Kevin Henkes is a very sweet story about a little girl, Ruthie, and her imaginary friend Jessica. They do everything together and are the very best of friends. Ruthie's parents keep telling her that Jessica isn't real, but she knows the Jessica is. On Ruthies first day of Kindergarten, her parents tell her that Jessica probably shouldn't go with her, but she goes ...more
Joye
Mar 11, 2015 Joye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This post is a requirement for Dr. Sykes' READ3307 course at UMHB. Jessica is a story about a young girl, Ruthie Simms, and her imaginary friend, Jessica.Ruthie does everything with Jessica, but all that changes on Ruthie's first day of school.

This is a well written and well illustrated story. The author explains how important Jessica is to Ruthie by pointing out all the things they do together. The illustrations are simple, but the small spaces he leaves next to Ruthie helps the reader to pict
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Emily
Oct 11, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ruthie didn't have a brother, a sister, or a dog. But Jessica was the next best thing. However, no one else can see Jessica and her parents keep telling her there's no Jessica. Jessica does everything with Ruthie from eating, building towers, and playing on the playground. When the first day of kindergarten arrives Ruthie of course brings Jessica with her and doesn't want to make new friends. When a little girl asks to be Ruthie's partner, Ruthie is surprised to find out that her new best frien ...more
Audra Sein
Oct 14, 2013 Audra Sein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book, Jessica, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, tells the story of a little girl named Ruthie who has an imaginary friend named Jessica. Her parents keep trying to convince Ruthie that there is no Jessica, but Ruthie keeps insisting that there is. When Ruthie starts kindergarten, her parents are hoping that this will be what Ruthie needs to make some real friends and give up her imaginary friend, Jessica. What ends up happening is a delightful twist.

This book is oriented vertically,
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Jammie Mays
Adorable! This book is sure to be a childhood classic with its depiction of small moments from Ruthie’s life and her imaginary friend Jessica. The reader is immediately introduced to the closeness of their friendship as she describes all of the fun and interesting things they do together. As the reader is drawn in by the connection they have the “bad news” is revealed, Ruthie has to go to school, and Jessica will be left alone while she is gone. Fortunately, Ruthie secretly invited Jessica to sc ...more
David
Jun 17, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks
Jessica by Kevin Henkes is a story about a girl named Ruthie who has an imaginary friend named Jessica. Ruthie's parents try to tell Ruthie that her friend is not real, but Ruthie will not be persuaded. When Ruthie goes to school, however, something surprising happens to change things.

The text is short, sweet and entertaining. The ending is emotionally satisfying.

Watercolor paints and a black pen were used for the pictures. The illustrations match the text perfectly, and, being small, draw you i
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Jeff Fortney
I was not thoroughly impressed by this book. The escaping reality aspect of this book is Ruthie has an imaginary friend named Jessica. They do everything together. And you see and read that page after page. "Be careful, Jessica." "Jessica's not ready yet." "Once upon a time...Jessica." But since she's a lonely girl with no friends, no pets, no one to play with, Jessica is a good best friend.
Then Kindergarten! Jessica comes along with Ruthie and there are some minor issues...they don't hear the t
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Jessica Lane
Jessica by Kevin Henkes is about a little girl named Ruthie. Ruthie has an imaginary friend named Jessica who she does everything with. Her parents are always telling her that she's not there, but Ruthie refuses to believe it. Then, Ruthie goes to kindergarten and meets a real girl named Jessica.

I picked this book of the shelf for two reasons. 1) I love Kevin Henkes and 2) my name is Jessica. And I loved this book! I really enjoy stories about imaginary friends. I also love stories about making
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Karin
Oct 15, 2014 Karin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Jessica" is the story of an imaginary friend, who is replaced by a real friend named Jessica. It is the story of most every child's fantasy and it is the story of what happens when dreams come true. Kevin Henkes delivers a heartwarming tale of that someone or something, that guides, nurtures, and supports a child in the way only a make-believe companion can. Ruthie Simms didn't have a dog, cat, or sibling, but she she doesn't feel alone because she has Jessica to keep her company. It becomes cl ...more
Laurie
Mar 25, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ashleigh
"There is no Jessica," said Ruthie's parents. But of course there was. She ate with Ruthie, played with Ruthie, and was sorry when Ruthie was bad. Nobody could see Jessica -- except Ruthie. When it came time for Ruthie to go to school, Jessica went with her. Her parents hoped Ruthie would find a friend at school who would replace Jessica. They were in for a (happy) surprise!

Good conversation starter if you have a child in your class who is having trouble transitioning to school and who may be st
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Josiah
Oct 20, 2009 Josiah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wholeheartedly wonderful book. Jessica is written with perfectly clear understanding of the fears and reflexive comfort producers of young ones, and this deep understanding sympathetically spreads through the heart of the reader like the sunshine on a perfectly warm day. Every last bit of this short picture book is done as well as it possibly could have been done, in my view, and I can only be amazed by the beautiful skills of Kevin Henkes. Ruthie and Jessica are the awesomest charact ...more
Christie Lee
This is the story of Ruthie, and her imaginary friend named Jessica. They did everything together basically so Ruthie didn't feel so alone. She was an only child with no pets, so Jessica was there for her all the time. Her parents wanted Ruthie to start Kindergarten without bringing Jessica, but Ruthie brought her anyway. In the end, Ruthie makes a friend by the name of Jessica, and they do all of the things that her and imaginary Jessica used to do together. It's a story about growing up and le ...more
Melynda Moore
What: This book is about a little girl named Ruthie. She didn't have anybody at home to play with except for her imaginary friend Jessica. They did everything together. When it came time for Ruthie to start kindergarten she didn't want to leave Jessica at home. The spent the day together in kindergarten until Ruthie made a new friend...a little girl named Jessica!

So What: This book is a great way to discuss imaginations and where they could take us. Children could also connect with this book if
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Tiffany
Oct 11, 2011 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jessica by Kevin Henkes was a sweet book about a girl that has an imaginary friend. It actually reminded me a lot of my sister and her imaginary friend, Katie, that she had when she was little.

I could connect this book to Kevin Henkes other books because of the pattern throughout the book, the way the text and illustrations were set up, and the captions that were written from the main character. The style of the end pages also looked like some of Henkes' other work. When the characters were lini
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Matthew
Jun 08, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it
This is the story of Ruthie and Jessica, Ruthie's imaginary friend. Until she is old enough to go to school, Ruthie plays constantly with her imaginary friend, Jessica. Though her parents regularly insist that Jessica isn't real (which seems like an unnecessary and harsh thing to do to a toddler), Ruthie is undeterred in her loyalty to Jessica. She even takes her to school on the first day of kindergarten, where Ruthie meets someone named Jessica in her class. I'm sure Ruthie's parents are relie ...more
Katherine
I love books about imaginary friends! I always look for great books with the main theme being an imaginary friend and I cant ever find anyones that I really enjoy. I think I enjoyed this one because I really felt like a little child who has an imaginary friend wrote this to tell their story! The book is short and sweet but has a lot of great pictures and side notes about what the child is thinking! It is a great lesson to be learned and children can really relate to it. It is also a great confid ...more
Morgan
Jun 05, 2016 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit-class
this is a touching story of a young girl named Ruthie and her imaginary friend Jessica. Ruthie does everything with Jessica because Jessica is her best friend. Throughout the story, Ruthie’s parents tell her that there is no Jessica but Ruthie disagrees. When Ruthie starts school a girl comes up to her and asks if she wants to be partners. When she tells Ruthie that her name is Jessica, Ruthie is amazed and agrees to be partners. The story ends with Ruthie having a new Jessica! Henkes creates a ...more
Mrsreader
Aug 15, 2014 Mrsreader rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-kids
I bought this as my selection from one category of listed options for my rising first-grade daughter's assigned summer reading. We have read it together one time. It is one of many books for kids her age that I find just OK. She seemed to like it enough, and I have no specific complaints (except a mild concern that a literal-minded child might take as truth, rather than main character Ruthie's feeling, that a friend is better to have than a sibling), but it seems like anyone could have written i ...more
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Kevin Henkes became an author/illustrator when he was nineteen years old, working on a card table in his bedroom.
Today he's the author of many award-winning picture books and novels.
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