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Penny and Her Doll

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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,074 ratings  ·  129 reviews
Penny loves her new doll. The doll is absolutely perfect, from her head to her toes. But Penny's doll needs a name. What should Penny call her?
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children's
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Sep 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Penny and Her Doll by Kevin Henkes (2012)
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Format: Book
Plot summary: Penny recieves and new doll and has trouble finding the perfect name for her.
Considerations or precautions for readers advisory (strong language, sex, death, religious overtones, violence, etc.): No special considerations
Review citation (if available): Cooper, Ilene. Booklist , 9/1/2012, Vol. 109 Issue 1, p130-131
Section source used to find the material: Children's Core Collection, ALA Notable Book 2013
Jim Erekson
Feb 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
As an early reader, this book presents a basic problem and solution structure. The middle part where everyone is offering their own names for the doll reminded me of Beskow's Rumpelstiltskin. Henkes' mice are cute, and he is in full control of this franchised style. White space breaks up small passages of text within small chapters to make it more approachable for a young reader.

More animals that don't use any animal traits.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
This is a follow-up to Penny and Her Song. A fun early reader and I think this second one might even be better than the first one.
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beggining-reader
Very sweet and charming. This reminds me of my oldest niece whose beloved doll took a long time to settle on a name. One of her previous names was similar to the name Penny chooses for her doll!
Mattison Bingham
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: easy-to-read
Penny and Her Doll begins in the setting of a garden. Mama and Penny are in the garden smelling roses and pulling weeds when the mailman delivers a package. The package is for Penny from her Grandma. When she opens the package, there is a sweet note and a gift wrapped in pretty paper. The note was to explain that Grandma was at the store and thought of Penny when she saw this doll. When Penny unwrapped the pretty paper, there was a doll that she loved dearly. She showed everyone her new toy and ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Henkes writes little girl characters really well. Penny's behavior toward her new doll is perfect and I love the way the text repeats key phrases from mom and dad. I wish that Penny's doll was the same color as her family. I know I may be hyper-sensitive, but some little girls have trouble finding dolls that represent their own colors and cultures.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bought this for nostalgia and will love it for always. I would expect nothing less from Kevin Henkes. This is a sweet story about how we name the things we love. Henkes does a wonderful job of showing how sometimes we just need to have a little faith and stop trying so hard.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
My 3 and 4 year old enjoy listening to these books. While they are beginning reader books, they don't feel babyish and have solid language. Easy to follow stories, but not oversimplified.
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read Jack and Julia.
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite Penny stories - she gets a new doll and searches to find the perfect name.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dalia
It was great until the last page where the mother character tells her daughter 'now you don't have to think so hard' and Penny carefully thinks about a meaningful name to give her doll.
Eryn O'Shaughnessy
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rated by my daughter
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The triplets loved guessing correctly what Penny ended up naming her doll. Very engaging for them.
Anne Elaine
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I liked Gigi and Buppy to you. Now I like it but not so much, only to infinity.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Fairly cute book about a mouse getting a new doll and thinking up a name. Read it to non-native English speakers at church.
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Penny got a box from her grandma. She opened it. Inside was a nice doll. She couldn't figure out a name for it. Finally, she found the perfect name.
Mar 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
The color scheme and exterior design of Kevin Henkes's picture books is almost always what catches my attention first about them. As an artistic planner, he really knows how to mix attractive pastels in subtle yet stirring beauty, juxtaposing shades that work perfectly in alignment with each other to give a broad sense of aesthetic pleasure. If there's a better author/illustrator when it comes to this aspect of the picture-book experience, I have yet to come across his or her work. Kevin Henkes ...more
Julie Rand
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-book
This charming Henkes title is an easy read designed for a level two or three reader. Illustrated throughout with Henkes charming drawings of Penny and her family of mice, the drawings closely follow the text and provide lots of picture clues to help the reader along.

The book is structured in three chapters. In the first, Penny is gardening with her mother and gets a package from her grandmother which turns out to be a doll. Henkes captures the joy of a child receiving an unexpected gift. Penny’s
Book 58 Bibliographic Citation:
Henkes, K. (2012). Penny and her doll. New York, NY: Greenwillow Books.

Age/Grade Level: (Ages 5--8, Grades K—3)

While in the garden, the mailman delivers a delightful gift to Penny. It’s a beautiful and very pink doll! Penny ponders many names for her new family member and comes up with the perfect idea.

Awards/Reviewing Sources:
2013 Kirkus Reviews—Editor’s Choice Children’s Book
2013 Children’s Books of the Year—Ages 5 to 9
Booklist (September 1, 2012 (Vol. 10
Margaret Chind
Reading Penny and Her Doll makes me definitely want to add the first novel Penny and Her Song to my wishlist. Penny is an adorable character. I love the family interaction with Mama, Papa, Penny and the twins. This is also a lovely book. The shades of pink and purple with greens is very attractive to the eye.

I really enjoyed this ARC and I will be putting this on my wishlist for keeps as well as other Kevin Henkes books. Penny and Her Doll would make a great grandmama gift accompanied with a dol
Kendall Davis
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Penny and Her Doll is another wonderful novella by Kevin Henkes. This cute story features Penny, one of Kevin's many mice in characters in his authors collection, who receives a gift from her Gram in the mail. It's a wonderfully rosy pink doll that Penny just adores, but has no idea what to name! She thinks and thinks and finally decides on Rose, after she returns to the garden she visited when she received the package. This is one of my favorite Henkes books because Penny is so sweet, lovabe, a ...more
Melynda Moore
What: This is an excellent book for students who are just getting into chapter books by themselves. This book is about Penny receiving a new doll from her grandmother. Penny and her mother are working in the garden and Penny is admiring her favorite flower the rose, while her mother is picking weeds. She receives a package from her grandmother and it is a new doll. She immediately loves the doll realizes that she must come up with a name for the doll. No matter what she thinks of or suggestions ...more
Lauren Brink
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book starts out with Penny smelling flowers in her mother’s garden while her mother is weeding. She decides that her favorite flowers to smell are the red roses. While she smells the flowers the mailman brings a package with Penny’s name on it. Penny opens it up and it is a new doll from her grandmother. She loves her new doll right away, she has pink cheeks, a prink dress, a pink bow, and big buttons. She shows off her new doll to her mama, papa, and the babies. Except there is a problem, ...more
Jennifer Parrish
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-to-read
Penny and Her Doll by Kevin Henkes is a short chapter book novella about Penny's gift she receives in the mail from Gram. Gram sent her a doll with pink cheeks, a pink dress and big buttons. Penny loved her gift more than anything but as Dad said, everyone needs a name. Penny cannot decide on a good name for her doll and after much debate decides it will come to her when the time is right. Penny showed her the whole house including the bedroom and the bathroom. Then they went outside to the gard ...more
Antoinette Evans
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Penny and Her Doll is about a small mouse named Penny who gets a new doll mailed to her from her grandmother. Penny is so excited to have the doll however she has a very difficult time coming up with a name. I really enjoyed this book because of its illustrations and how many little girls can relate to Penny's conflict. However, for little boys this story may not interest them as much as it would for the girls. I think Kevin Henkes is very creative with merging everyday life situations into char ...more
When Penny receives asurprise box in the mailfrom Gram, she is thrilled.The surprise is a doll,and she is absolutely perfect,from her head to her toes.Penny loves her immediately.She introduces her new dollto Mama and to the babiesand to Papa. But then Papaasks what the doll's name is,and Penny realizes thatshe doesn't know.

What do you thinkwill happen?

Another great early reader! I like the potential discussion about names and how children get their names. I also think that many children can rel
Angelina Perez
Penny receives a surprise box in the mail form her Gram. Penny loves the doll. She showed the doll to her mam, to her papa, and to the babies. When papa asked Penny what her doll’s name is, Penny realizes that she does not have name and after some hard thinking Penny comes up with a name “Rose”. This book is meant for younger children because of the problem that the little mouse encounter which I don’t think it’s really a problem. This book was not that interesting to me because it was not a pro ...more
Nov 29, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a nice little follow-up to Penny and Her Song, and I think Penny is going to have quite a following with young kids. I liked this one a bit better than the first book, maybe because the subject matter just seemed a bit... inane in Penny and Her Song. Penny and Her Doll is just the simple story of Penny trying to find a suitable name for her doll. I like the illustrations, and the purple and pink color scheme is just lovely.

Ages 4-7
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I definitely enjoyed reading Kevin Henkes' second Penny book. In this one, Penny receives a lovely doll from her grandmother. She LOVES her doll; she loves everything about her doll. The conflict in this one is that Penny cannot think of a good name, a proper name, a "just right" name for her new doll. She knows that her doll needs a name--after all everybody has a name. But how will she know which name is the RIGHT name for her doll? The story is told in short chapters. I loved the writing and ...more
Red Balloon Bookshop
New readers will enjoy Kevin Henkes's newest mouse, Penny. When she receives a surprise box in the mail from Gram, Penny is thrilled. The surprise is a doll, and she is absolutely perfect. "I love her already," Penny says to both her mom and dad. But Penny's delight turns to worry when she realizes she doesn't have a name for this perfect doll. Henkes's natural but controlled storytelling and warm illustrations in both Penny books (Penny and Her Song is the first book) are perfect for new reader ...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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