Book: Sweet Penny and the Lion
Author: Richardf Fairgray
Illustrator: Alexander Burke
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Sky Pony Press (March 6, 2018)
Genre: Juvenile fiction
Ages: 3-6; grades preschool-1
Nice, quiet, good, polite, obedient bullied Sweet Penny changes to a tougher one when she enters a lion’s dark belly. CRACK! KICK! PUNCH! Sometimes being brave and bold is as important as following rules.
This Critic’s Review:
What is the perfect child? Our everyday world puts so much stress on kids. Kids need time to find themselves and be themselves. Too bad so many of them grow up with peers not parents their best guides. Sweet Penny and the Lion’s tongue-in-cheek humor of a heroine who comes into her own by standing up for herself and finding her own identity should make adults realize all children have needs too often unspoken, too often unfulfilled.
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