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Sunny Holiday

(Sunny Holiday #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  170 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
From the author of THE WEDDING PLANNER'S DAUGHTER, a fantastic new series about a poor girl with a rich outlook on life.

Sunny Holiday thinks that every month should have a kid-friendly holiday. Valentine's Day, July 4th, and Christmas definitely fit the bill--but months like January and August are lacking. So Sunny takes it upon herself to make new holidays for the months
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Scholastic Press
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Cheryl Because a cheerful yellow dandelion will bloom no matter how much filth & concrete & poison surround it, and he wants Sunny to bloom, to…moreBecause a cheerful yellow dandelion will bloom no matter how much filth & concrete & poison surround it, and he wants Sunny to bloom, to succeed, in life, despite the fact that they live in a dirty urban apartment tower with others who are struggling.(less)

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It was good and i JUST remembered to write this down... but ya it shows that if u put Ur mind to it u can do it!
Very cute, easy read.
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have this book at home it is very good!
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It's so cute and funny! Very well written.
Feb 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Wants 2 make her own holiday in a month theres none. ( like augest or june,or january) what i read on the back of the book...........(only on pg 3!)
Dec 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
now that i read this it is so good
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
i loved this book its interesting cool and fun
Nov 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was really good! I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was really good and now i cannot wait to read the next one!!!
Priya Trombino
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sunny Holiday is a book by Coleen Murtagh Paratore and is about a fourth grader named Sunny. Her parents are divorced and her dad is in prison. She tried visiting her dad on Visiting Day but her mom's car broke down and they could not get to the airport. Her mom works all day and is going to school online to became a doctor. In the beginning of the book, Sunny thinks that her mom and her are going to be famous for writing a book called Free All Year, which is all the things they love to do for ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
Sunny Holiday is a bright-eyed, optimistic, African-American fourth grader living in a poor urban community in upstate New York. Her mother works long hours at a hotel for a ruthless boss, and her father is in prison, making up for a big mistake he made trying to get rich quick. Her school is also in danger of being shut down, and she's tormented on a daily basis by the girls in her class who live in big houses and ride the bus to school. Sunny doesn't let this bring her down, though. She's alwa ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

Sunny Holiday is a spunky little fourth grader. She may live on the "wrong side of the tracks" and get teased by the "bus girls," but she always looks at the bright side of everything.

Her mother may work endless hours cleaning rooms at the hotel across the river, but Sunny keeps her chin up and carries on. Her father may have made a mistake that landed him in prison for the better part of another year, but Sunny puts a smile on her
Mar 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-fiction
Aptly-named Sunny is a spunky 4th-grader who makes the most of what life hands her. Despite missing her daddy terribly (he’s in prison), enduring hateful words from “mean bus girls”, and experiencing multiple disappointments, her upbeat attitude falters only briefly. She is proud of her keen imagination and writing ability and is surrounded by good female role models, including her hard-working mother who teaches Sunny to be honest, kind, loyal, and practical while still holding on to her dreams ...more
Judi Paradis
Dec 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Sunny Holiday is the actual name of the main character of this book. Her father says she is like a dandelion--adding cheer everywhere and growing strong and beautiful. She is, even though not everything goes well for Sunny, she is cheerful and resilient. Sunny's poor, her father is in jail, her mother works very hard and is often gone, and the girls in her class tease her. Yet Sunny talks mostly about the things that go right for her--the great people who live in her apartment building, her kind ...more
Bobby Simic
Apr 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
9-year-old Sunny (an appropriate if unsubtle name) keeps a positive outlook on life despite her troubles -- her father's in prison and she and her mother struggle financially. While dealing with these issues, Sunny decides to invent a holiday in January since there are no goods ones in between Christmas and Valentine's.

Sunny is a good role model for young readers, and there's a good message to learn from this read. Would be a good recommendation for those looking to transition from Junie B. to s
Mar 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-fiction
This is a cute story about a girl named Sunny. Her mother works hard during the day while going to school at night and her father is in jail but Sunny always has a positive attitude. Her favorite flowers are dandelions because no matter how hard things get, if they have dirt and rain, dandelions will bloom. It's not an amazing story but none-the-less a story to remind us all that there is always something to look forward to.
(This book is a short easy read. Good for kids 7-9 or older children th
Lorraine Der
Apr 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: grades-2-3
Library Catalog

January & August are some months that could really use some holidays, or so Sunny believes. She and her best friend work hard to make that happen, getting help from friends, family, and even local government. Sunny, true to her name, is optimistic about life, even when having to face difficult life circumstances. Don't miss the sequel - Sweet & Sunny!
Sunny does not have an easy life. This fourth grader lives in public housing with her mother. Her father is currently in jail, but will be coming home soon. Sunny is upbeat and the book has a positive message, but does come across as realistic. Not everything goes her way. I particularly liked the character of Sunny's mother. She is a great cheerleader for Sunny, but emphasizes that hard work is the only way to achieve success.
Mrs. P
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sunny Holiday lives in a tall building in the city. She lives with her mom. Her mom works very hard to provide her daughter with a simple and happy life, while they wait for Sunny's father to be released from prison. Living in poverty cannot dim the light that Sunny shines in her school and in her community.
Mary Anne
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sunny notices girls who are mean, parents who make mistakes, politicians who make promises they have no intention of keeping. She also notices good teachers, good neighbors and good ideas. She is not afraid to speek her mind either. Sunny learns that a positve attitude and hard work, combined with patience will lead to good things.
Jun 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: grades 3-6,
Recommended to Marcia by: mcba
Shelves: grades-4-6, mcba
Sunny Holiday is the name of the main character, a city dweller who lives with her mom while dad serves a prison sentence. Those facts alone will make this an interesting book for my patrons. Sunny is just that--and her family and close circle of girlfriends and their mothers have a strong bond. Throw in a wonderful teacher who makes Sunny feel special and this MCBA nominee wasn't bad at all.
Tamara the Librarian
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3rd, 4th, bullying
Cute story with playful use of language at times that really captures the upbeat character of Sunny. Deals with inner city issues-- poverty, father in jail, being picked on because you're poor, moms working super hard to provide for their family having to miss important kid events because of having to work.
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely adorable! I read it to my fourth grade classroom. Sunny is such a positive character. I hope one day my students will know at least one person like her!! :)
It was also an added bonus to meet the author! Coleen is so inspiring!!!!
Apr 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-fic, family, friendship
Sunny Holiday and her friend,Jazzy, believe every month should have a holiday included for kids to look forward to. They set out to create several new holidays. You will soon learn to love Sunny and admire the way she tackles any situation she faces.
Dec 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
One Sentence Review: I'd love to discuss this early chapter book in a group setting with a bunch of other people, since the author seems to pull the entire endeavor off without slipping into stereotype, and I'd like to figure out how exactly she did it.
Jan 19, 2012 rated it liked it
I think it was a great book, even though I read the first couple of chapters. I hope I learn how Sunny's dad got to jail.
Ms.  Chicco
May 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Although I though some parts were quite cliche, I liked Sunny as a character and I liked the language. All the characters could have benefited from more developemnt, though.
Oct 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
Cute, inspiring, funny.
Dec 25, 2008 marked it as new-2009
Jan 1, 2009
i like this book.because this give me alot of good idea
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I majored in English at The College of Saint Rose, in Albany, and after two internships in advertising and public relations, decided to enter the communications field, which is a place where writers can write and make a living too. I got married three months after graduation (my husband Tony and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary next August ), and we moved to Connecticut. I worked ...more

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