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Iris and Walter the sleepover
Guest, Elissa Haden.
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Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, 2002.
Physical Description:
44 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Iris's first sleepover at her friend Walter's house ends early when Iris gets homesick and wants to go home.
Reading Level:
350 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.6 0.5 64106.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.6 2 Quiz: 31804 Guided reading level: K.
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Iris cannot wait to have her first sleepover at her best friend Walter's house. They will put on a puppet show. They will ride Walter's horse Rain in their pyjamas. They will stay up very, very late. But on the big night, when it is time for bed after all the fun, Iris lies awake missing Grampa's songs, her parents' kisses, and Baby Rose sleeping nearby. Maybe, just maybe, this sleepover wasn't such a good idea after all.
The fourth book in this critically acclaimed and award-winning series will reassure any child who is anxious about spending a night away from home.

Author Notes

Elissa Haden Guest is the author of the award-winning Iris and Walter as well as Iris and Walter, True Friends and Iris and Walter and Baby Rose. She lives with her family in San Francisco, California
Christine Davenier has illustrated many charming books for children, including the first three Iris and Walter books as well as The Other Dog by Madeleine L'Engle. She lives with her family in Paris

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K^-Gr. 1, younger for reading aloud. With the same scenarios of loving family and warm friendship that characterize all the easy readers about Iris and Walter, the fourth in the series captures the fun of sleeping over at a friend's house--and the homesickness that may occur. All week Iris waits impatiently for her Saturday sleepover at Walter's house. At school another classmate warns her that he doesn't like sleepovers ("I like to sleep in my own room, in my own bed") and, sure enough, on Saturday night after all the fun, Iris can't get to sleep, and Walter's parents have to take her home to her own bed in her own room with her baby sister close by. In the tradition of Arnold Lobel's classic easy readers about Frog and Toad, the realism here is gentle. Without being sentimental, the simple words and casual, exuberant ink-and-watercolor pictures tell a story of disappointment that doesn't mean crisis, and of home always waiting to welcome you back. Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Excitement turns to skittishness as Iris prepares for the big event at Walter's house in Iris and Walter: The Sleepover by Elissa Haden Guest, illus. by Christine Davenier, the fourth title in the Iris and Walter series. When she decides to come home in the middle of the night, Iris gets a big welcome from her family. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-In this splendid entry in the easy-reader series, Iris eagerly plans a sleepover at her friend Walter's house, where they will put on a puppet show, ride Walter's horse in their pajamas, and camp out on the front porch. At school some friends share her enthusiasm about sleepovers, but Benny casts a shadow with his story of leaving his cousin's house in the middle of the night because, "I missed my pillow." Undaunted, Iris packs and says her good-byes and has a wonderful time at Walter's house. But then her homesickness becomes unbearable when her friend falls asleep before she does. She wakes him, and Walter and his father drive her home to the loving arms of her family. As in earlier titles, Iris's exuberance is reflected in Guest's text as well as in Davenier's pen-and-ink and watercolor-wash illustrations that nearly lift the child off the page. Readers will delight in the youngsters' friendship, and bask in the reassuring love and support they receive from their families.-Laura Scott, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1. Big Plansp. 6
2. Worriesp. 14
3. The Sleepoverp. 20
4. Home Sweet Homep. 34

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