Penny and Her Marble

Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Penny found a marble as blue and perfect as the sky. The marble is smooth and the marble is fast, but the marble does not belong to her. It belongs to her neighbor, Mrs. Goodwin. Now Penny is worried she’s taken something important, but a chance encounter with Mrs. Goodwin puts all her fears to rest.

A 2014 Geisel Honor Winner!


“Perfect for beginning readers. A treasure.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

“Henkes continues to plumb the emotional world of childhood as few author/illustrators can. . . . Another gem.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Impeccable. . . . Respect for the beginning reader’s emerging skills beautifully matches Henkes’s respect for Penny .” —The Horn Book (starred review)

“Henkes ups the emotional stakes in his third book starring Penny.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Henkes conveys shades of emotions that are common to human experience, yet hard to express in words. It’s particularly impressive that he can do so in a book for beginning readers. . . . This small-scale, yet immensely satisfying drama is a fine addition to the Penny series.” —Booklist (starred review)

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