Penguin days

by Leach, Sara, 1971-

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
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Moon Township Public Library Juvenile Fiction STEP-UP LEACH
Location  Moon Township Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  STEP-UP LEACH
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Fiction j LEACH Sara
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Fiction
Call Number  j LEACH Sara
Northern Tier Regional Library Juvenile J CHAP BK LEACH
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Juvenile
Call Number  J CHAP BK LEACH
Northland Public Library Children's Fiction J FIC LEACH
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Fiction
Call Number  J FIC LEACH

From the award-winning creators of Slug Days

Lauren and her family drive to a farm in North Dakota to visit relatives and celebrate her Aunt Jossie's wedding. But Lauren finds to her dismay that she is expected to do more than meet adults who hug her and invade her personal space. Lauren is going to be--horror of all horrors--a flower girl.

Lauren has Autism Spectrum Disorder, and she sees the world a little differently from other kids. What makes her comfortable are her routines and her coping mechanisms for her anxiety, which can get out of control in no time. So it is a challenge to deal with her rambunctious cousins, try on scratchy dresses, and follow impossible directions about going down aisles slowly-but-not-like-a-sloth and tossing pretend flowers around. So is it any surprise that Lauren flips her lid more than once? But while having an extended family seems like a lot of trouble at first, she's about to learn just how much they can care for one another.

In Penguin Days , two award winners revisit second-grader Lauren from the acclaimed Slug Days with equal humor and empathy. Drawing on her experience teaching children with ASD, Sara Leach creates an energetic character who stomps eloquently off the page. And Rebecca Bender's delightful black-and-white illustrations show in Lauren's fraught situations and facial expressions all the love and assertiveness that could possibly dwell together in one unique little person.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A trip to a North Dakota farm for Auntie Joss' wedding? That's not easy for eight-year-old Lauren, who has autism spectrum disorder, as she must deal with unwelcome changes in her routine, as well as boisterous cousins and other unfamiliar family members. Remembering suggestions from her special-helper teacher, she tries to be polite while controlling the tension building within her. When she freezes before walking down the aisle as flower girl, her cousins rally to give her just the help she needs, and Lauren decides that she likes having them as relatives after all. In this sequel to Slug Days (2017), Lauren again narrates the story, offering insights into how she sees the world and what helps her cope with stressful situations. While she faces particular challenges, Lauren's misadventures (dealing with loud relatives, letting calves out of their stall, throwing up on her flower girl dress) could have happened to any kid. Other kids will enjoy reading about them from her point of view. Bender's winsome pencil drawings with gray shading illustrate the story with sensitivity and humor.--Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Extended families -- Juvenile fiction.
Autism spectrum disorders -- Juvenile fiction.
Weddings -- Juvenile fiction.
Extended families -- Fiction.
Autism -- Fiction.
Weddings -- Fiction.
Publisher Toronto, Ontario, Canada :2018
Edition First edition.
Contributors Bender, Rebecca, 1980- illustrator.
Language English
Notes Lauren, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, reluctantly takes on the role of flower girl in her aunt's wedding. While it's difficult to break her familiar routines and deal with unfamiliar cousins and scratchy dresses, Lauren eventually decides that having an extended family is worth the bother.
Description 100 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
ISBN 9781772780536
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