Much to our delight, Kevin Henkes's Sheila Rae is back! The lovable mouse who first charmed readers in Sheila Rae, the Brave returns with sweet tale about a sisterly struggle and "just deserts."
The adorable Sheila Rae has a new treat for eats -- a scrumptious peppermint stick. As she admires its sweet and pretty perfection, her little sister, Louise, expresses equal enthusiasm. "Please?" she says, in utter simplicity. Sheila Rae makes her sibling work for a taste, making her guess the number of stripes on the delicious treat. When Louise fails that test, Sheila Rae climbs upon a mound of books and pillows and firmly says Louise can have a taste if she can reach it. But it's too high for the little mouse. Suddenly, Sheila Rae loses her balance -- she comes tumbling down, and the peppermint stick breaks in half. Louise has triumphed -- now there are two! They happily eat the candy and Sheila Rae sweetly admits, "I was going to give you some all along!"
This beautiful board book captures all the elements of a true classic for babies, along with gorgeous color and pretty pastels filling in the pages. Wonderfully simple and short text makes reading easy for youngsters. And the artwork is perfectly suited for young eyes -- just enough color, and simple lines against a spare background.
Kevin Henkes has long been our favorite, and with this yummy offering, he holds his place as one of the best. (Amy Barkat)