The Sleepover

by Elissa Haden Guest and Christine Davenier

The first sleepover at a friend’s house is a milestone event for many children.... read more

The first sleepover at a friend’s house is a milestone event for many children. Bubbling in anticipation, Iris and Walter plan a sleepover night. It isn’t until a classmate confides that he doesn’t like sleepovers, because he gets homesick, that Iris begins to worry about her ability to cope with this new experience. However, she sets off gamely for the big event, and has a great time. Then comes bedtime, when the loss of her comfort zone of home hits hard. Walter’s parents understandingly drive her home, where she finds her entire family surprisingly unchanged, despite her step toward independence. This familiar scenario is presented in four short chapters, aptly suited in both content and format to its intended audience. (Aged 5-8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2003

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