Reader Engagement Project:
Penny & Jelly: The School Show by Maria Gianferrari and illustrated by Thyra Heder (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) introduces the soon-to-be star of her school talent show: Penny.
Despite her desire to knock everyone’s socks off, Penny’s having a tough time deciding on what talent she might have. With a little help from her dog, Jelly, Penny tries out various talents—from dancing to unicycling, fashion designing to snake charming—with disastrous results. That is, until she realizes that she and
Jelly have a talent to share that’s unlike any other.
“Penny and Jelly are sure to warm the hearts of both future talent-show contestants and readers who have similarly close canine friends.” —Kirkus Reviews
THE TALENT SHOW KIT
While not every elementary school runs a talent show, every grade school student wonders and sometimes frets about his or her talents.
Can a read aloud and activity help readers brainstorm their talents for upcoming auditions or to simply boost their confidence?
This kit will give you the materials to:
• Have students brainstorm their talents and how to showcase them.
• Provide your talent show organizer with a book-themed poster to announce the school talent show.
• Provide talent show organizer with a book-themed program cover to highlight your talented readers.
Engagement / Programming Tool:
DOWNLOAD THE EVENT KIT (PDF):
Penny & Jelly Talent Show Kit
Educators Grades 01-06, School Librarians, PTO Talent Show Coordinators
Children Grades 01-06
More on the Book:
Penny & Jelly: The School Show
By Maria Gianferrari
Illustrated by Thyra Heder
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Age Range: 4 – 9 Years