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Sunny Holiday (Sunny Holiday Series #1)
     

Sunny Holiday (Sunny Holiday Series #1)

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by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
 

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The first book in this fantastic new series from the author of THE WEDDING PLANNER'S DAUGHTER is now available in paperback!

Sunny Holiday thinks that every month should have a kid-friendly holiday. Valentine's Day, July 4th, and Christmas definitely fit the bill--but months like January and August are lacking. So Sunny takes it upon herself to make new holidays

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The first book in this fantastic new series from the author of THE WEDDING PLANNER'S DAUGHTER is now available in paperback!

Sunny Holiday thinks that every month should have a kid-friendly holiday. Valentine's Day, July 4th, and Christmas definitely fit the bill--but months like January and August are lacking. So Sunny takes it upon herself to make new holidays for the months that need them, getting her friends and family involved. Sunny is headstrong, funny, and trying to make the best out of every situation--whether it involves holidays or family problems. She's got spirit to spare--and you can't help but love her for it.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-4

Fourth-grader Sunny is dealing with a lot in her young life. Her father is in prison, her school is in danger of being shut down, and she is trying to come up with new holidays so that every month has a fun day. Difficult situations are handled gently, but realistically. Sunny knows that her daddy went to jail because he made a mistake trying to take a shortcut to success. Her mother, who works as a maid and is taking college courses one at a time, emphasizes that success only comes from hard work. The mayor visits Riverview Towers, an "ugly cement-gray building" where Sunny lives, and she decides to tell him about her idea for January's holiday, Kid's Day. When she gets her chance to speak, she finds herself telling him about all the things he needs to do for her and her neighbors, like fixing the community pool, finishing the park he started, and cleaning up the river. While Sunny's life still isn't perfect, the novel has a happy ending. The text is not difficult and includes some fun images for abstract ideas, for example, negative comments are "butterfly squishers."-Laura Stanfield, Campbell County Public Library, Ft. Thomas, KY

Kirkus Reviews
Unhappy that January is so dark and boring, fourth-grader Sunny hopes to invent a new holiday-a Kids Day halfway between Christmas and Valentine's Day-and to get the mayor to proclaim it. The main attraction in this optimistic tale is not the premise-which rather unbelievably seems about to happen by its end-but Sunny herself, a never-give-up kind of kid determined to "bloom like a dandelion," in her father's words. But her father is serving time. Living in an apartment on the wrong side of a blighted river, and attending a school that is "on probation," Sunny's life could seem pretty grim. Still, she and her hardworking mother count ten reasons to be grateful every night, her teacher thinks positively, and though Riverton is not the best of all possible worlds, it seems likely that Sunny and her family will, step-by-step, achieve their dreams. A first-person narrative, full of high hopes and sensible advice, this feel-good story slips down easily. (Fiction. 8-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545075794
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Series:
Sunny Holiday Series , #1
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author


Coleen Murtagh Paratore is the author of the popular THE WEDDING PLANNER'S DAUGHTER series, which includes most recently, FORGET ME NOT, WISH I MIGHT, and FROM WILLA, WITH LOVE. She is also the author of SUNNY HOLIDAY and SWEET AND SUNNY. The mother of three teenage sons, she lives in upstate New York and on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Visit Coleen online at www.coleenparatore.com.

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Sunny Holiday 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Sunny Holiday is a spunky little fourth grader. She may live on the "wrong side of the tracks" and get teased by the "bus girls," but she always looks at the bright side of everything.

Her mother may work endless hours cleaning rooms at the hotel across the river, but Sunny keeps her chin up and carries on. Her father may have made a mistake that landed him in prison for the better part of another year, but Sunny puts a smile on her face and is thankful for the things in life that are free.

Sunny and her friend, Jazzy, do just about everything together. They both have cats, and they love to create new games to play and projects to accomplish. Sunny's latest scheme is to create a holiday for every month. She explains to Jazzy that six of the twelve months have pretty cool holidays, but the other six are seriously lacking.

January is her first goal. She's thinking something to celebrate on about the twentieth of the month would certainly help break things up until Valentine's Day arrives in February.

This is a fun book for the elementary crowd. They will easily relate to Sunny's desire to have a kid-friendly holiday in every month, and her disappointment that the mayor's promise of a new park in her neighborhood turned into a half-dozen scraggly trees instead. The underlying theme of the need to pass the state's standarized test is an element of the story that might make it a worthwhile read-aloud for a fourth grade classroom.

This one is a bit young for my students so I'm planning to pass it along to the fourth grade teachers in our elementary building. I'm sure Sunny will make another appearance someday if author Coleen Murtagh Paratore has anything to say about it.