Iris and Walter: The Sleepover
Elissa Haden Guest
Illustrated by Christine Davenier
Ages 6 to 9
Harcourt, 2002, 0-15-205674-2
Iris is very excited because on Saturday she is going to her best friend Walter’s house for a sleepover. It is going to be her very first sleepover and she can’t wait to share this experience with Walter. At school Iris tells all her friends about her sleepover and they all think it is a wonderful adventure - except for Benny. Benny tells Iris about the time when he was homesick during a sleepover. In fact he was so homesick that he had to go home in the middle of the night. Iris begins to worry that she might feel the way Benny did. Is she going to get homesick too?
In this warm and comforting early chapter book young readers will get to share a very important event in a little girl’s life. They will appreciate that there are times when there really is no place like home and there is no shame in missing home and wishing you were there. Written with sympathy and understanding, this is the perfect book for a little boy or girl who is feeling homesick for the first time.
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