Sweet And Sunny (Sunny Holiday Series #2)

Sweet And Sunny (Sunny Holiday Series #2)

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by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
     
 


The second book in a fantastic new series about a poor girl with a rich outlook on life.

Sunny Holiday starts off her new year as Junior Deputy Mayor of Riverton, New York. Her mission? To help create a Kid's Day and turn it into a national holiday. Kids should have a holiday, just for them! So Sunny takes it upon herself to make this new holiday shine, getting

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The second book in a fantastic new series about a poor girl with a rich outlook on life.

Sunny Holiday starts off her new year as Junior Deputy Mayor of Riverton, New York. Her mission? To help create a Kid's Day and turn it into a national holiday. Kids should have a holiday, just for them! So Sunny takes it upon herself to make this new holiday shine, 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.

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Children's Literature - Heather Robertson Mason
We have Mothers Day, Fathers Day, and Grandparents Day. Why not a Kids Day? That is the idea that Sunny Holiday has and she is not going to let go of it. Not even after she opens her mouth and questions the mayor on all the things wrong with the city. Not after her mother is laid off. Not after one of the rich girls goads her into a fight. Sunny's name is the perfect name for her. This book should not be a good book. There is no character development and the plot is unrealistic. However, Sunny is such a likeable character and the book so upbeat, it is hard not to like it. The font is large and each chapter begins with a quote from the text that foreshadows the events in that section. Sunny is a writer and is encouraged in that by most of the characters, a positive message for young readers and writers. Her family and friends are honest and loving. Although there is no real plot or conclusion, this book is still an enjoyable read, mainly because Sunny is such an enjoyable character. Reviewer: Heather Robertson Mason
School Library Journal
Gr 3–4—In this sequel to Sunny Holiday (Scholastic, 2009), the strong, upbeat fourth grader continues to promote the idea of a Kid's Day, speak her mind, and solve her own problems. Sunny is optimistic even though her father is in jail, her mother loses her job, and her favorite teacher is removed from the classroom. She shows the mayor and superintendent of schools what can be accomplished when someone believes in you and her class scores among the smartest fourth graders in the state. Her teacher and her mother encourage her and, even though trouble comes when Sunny hits a girl for calling her home the ghetto, her mother assures her that "one bad mistake does not make a good person bad." This engaging, simply written story will appeal to beginning chapter-book readers and reluctant readers. It gives children an opportunity to experience empathy, and they will recognize the power of positive thinking as a major theme.—Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA
Publishers Weekly
In this follow-up to Sunshine Holiday, the eponymous heroine of that novel retains her steadfast optimism despite rough patches in her life. Narrator Sunny misses her father, who is still in prison (“Daddy made a big mistake, and he's very sorry for it”). Her mother has lost her job as a hotel chambermaid and is having trouble finding work. And Mrs. Lullaby, her beloved fourth-grade teacher, is dismissed by the “never-smile principal,” Mr. Otis (“All he cares about are tests.... All she cares about is teaching”). Taking matters into her own hands, the sassy, stubborn girl manages to find a potential job for her mother and to get her teacher rehired. Sunny's other missions include making Valentine's Day “even sweeter” and using her recent appointment as junior deputy mayor of her town to plan “the first annual Kid's Day,” a subplot that gets short shrift. Sunny's observations favor the use of hyphens—Mrs. Lullaby's face shines “like a teacher-apple” and her class takes a “butterflies-in-our-tummies test”—and can be syrupy. A satisfying if predictable finale lives up to the book's title. Ages 7–10. (Feb.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545075824
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Series:
Sunny Holiday Series, #2
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,384,149
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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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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