Iris and Walter: The Sleepover

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Iris cannot wait to have her first sleepover at her best friend Walter's house. They will put on a puppet show. They will ride Walter's horse Rain in their pyjamas. They will stay up very, very late. But on the big night, when it is time for bed after all the fun, Iris lies awake missing Grampa's songs, her parents' kisses, and Baby Rose sleeping nearby. Maybe, just maybe, this sleepover wasn't such a good idea after all.
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Overview


Iris cannot wait to have her first sleepover at her best friend Walter's house. They will put on a puppet show. They will ride Walter's horse Rain in their pyjamas. They will stay up very, very late. But on the big night, when it is time for bed after all the fun, Iris lies awake missing Grampa's songs, her parents' kisses, and Baby Rose sleeping nearby. Maybe, just maybe, this sleepover wasn't such a good idea after all.
The fourth book in this critically acclaimed and award-winning series will reassure any child who is anxious about spending a night away from home.

Iris's first sleepover at her friend Walter's house ends early when Iris gets homesick and wants to go home.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Iris and Walter will join Frog and Toad and Henry and Mudge in a prominent place on the easy-reading shelves." --The Bulletin
From the Publisher
"Iris and Walter will join Frog and Toad and Henry and Mudge in a prominent place on the easy-reading shelves." —The Bulletin
Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
In the fourth "Iris and Walter" book, Iris has big plans for her very first sleepover at Walter's. She tells each member of her family what the two will be doing—riding a horse, doing a puppet show, sleeping on the porch, and staying up very late. When a school friend tells her how he got homesick for his pillow when he risked a sleepover, Iris begins to worry. But the sleepover goes just according to plans, until Walter falls asleep when it is his turn to tell a story, leaving Iris with her thoughts. She bursts into tears and everyone is sympathetic but cheerful. Iris goes home, and says sleepily from her own bed, "I'll sleep over at Walter's another time" and she did. This supportive book says it is all right to do things in small steps. You can try again and some things are not big deals are helpful messages for nervous kindergartners or first graders having wobbly thoughts about spending the night away from the family. Davenier's warmly toned ink wash illustrations depict characters with cheerfully loose lines and work well with this friend story and its theme of acceptance. The original picture book has been transition into a level 3 "Green Light Reader" aimed at those children reading independently. It is also identified as Guided Reading J, Reading Recovery 17 and has an interest level for grades one to three. Reviewer: Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
Publishers Weekly
In the stars' fourth title, excitement turns to skittishness as Iris prepares for a sleepover at Walter's house. When she decides to come home in the middle of the night, Iris gets a big welcome from her family. Ages 6-9. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Sometimes a small journey can loom large in a child's mind. In Iris and Walter: The Sleepover, Iris is excited about spending the night at her best friend's house. She and Walter will put on a puppet show, eat cookies and stay up very, very late. With compassion and humor, author Elissa Haden Guest explores Iris's feelings of ambivalence and homesickness when the big night arrives and shows Walter being an understanding buddy. The book ends on a satisfying note for young readers, with Iris returned to her own bed and planning a future sleepover. Christine Davenier's expressive watercolors beautifully convey the children's friendship. 2002, Harcourt,
— Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-In this splendid entry in the easy-reader series, Iris eagerly plans a sleepover at her friend Walter's house, where they will put on a puppet show, ride Walter's horse in their pajamas, and camp out on the front porch. At school some friends share her enthusiasm about sleepovers, but Benny casts a shadow with his story of leaving his cousin's house in the middle of the night because, "I missed my pillow." Undaunted, Iris packs and says her good-byes and has a wonderful time at Walter's house. But then her homesickness becomes unbearable when her friend falls asleep before she does. She wakes him, and Walter and his father drive her home to the loving arms of her family. As in earlier titles, Iris's exuberance is reflected in Guest's text as well as in Davenier's pen-and-ink and watercolor-wash illustrations that nearly lift the child off the page. Readers will delight in the youngsters' friendship, and bask in the reassuring love and support they receive from their families.-Laura Scott, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Best friends Iris and Walter eagerly look forward to their first sleepover. Iris has grand plans for the big night. When she shares her exciting news with her schoolmates, Iris blithely disregards cautionary tales of woe, determined that her first sleepover will not be marred by homesickness. Yet, when all the fun is done and it is time to settle down to sleep, Iris discovers that she misses the familiar comforts of home. An urgent whisper in Walter's ear soon has Iris back within the warm embrace of her family. Guest has perfectly captured that unique moment in child development when a little one is precariously balanced on that fragile cusp between parent-dependent young childhood and the more emancipated older child. Everyone's easy acceptance of Iris's change of heart offers her all the support she needs; she goes to sleep in her own bed, confident that when the time comes, she will be ready to try another sleepover. Separated into four chapters, this is a manageable tale for beginning readers ready to move beyond simplistic chapter books. Davenier's bright pen-and-ink illustrations capture the ebullience of Iris as she prances about in a frenzy of anticipation for the big event. Artful, haphazardly colored-in, and loosely drawn images convey an energy and vibrancy to the pictures. Readers will welcome this latest installment in the true-to-life stories of these charming friends. (Easy reader. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547745565
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: Green Light Readers Level 3 Series
  • Pages: 44
  • Sales rank: 515,178
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


ELISSA HADEN GUEST is the author of the books in the award-winning Iris and Walter series. She lives in San Francisco, California.

CHRISTINE DAVENIER has illustrated many popular children's books, including the previous Iris and Walter titles and The First Thing My Mama Told Me, written by Susan Marie Swanson. She lives in Paris.

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