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Penny & Jelly: 3 Picture Book GIVEAWAY!

I’m celebrating Maria Gianferrari’s new sequel to Penny and Jelly today by doing a three picture book giveaway! Penny and Jelly Slumber Under the Stars celebrates the pleasure of the great outdoors in the company of our favorite animal friends..

We have a fair amount of light pollution where I live, but sometimes on vacation when we can look up at the sky and see the stars and moon, we marvel at what we can see. My kids learned about the phases of the moon in 4th grade where they used Oreo cookies to recreate the moon phases. We read about the moon in picture books too. And we watched the Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse in Boston. The skies are amazing, aren’t they?

moon view by Niko Grigorieff

Image of moon view by Niko Grigorieff

In the spirit of making learning fun, I found this rap video that explains the Phases of the Moon. Pair it with the Oreo Phases of the Moon science project for summer learning fun!

I want to remind myself to look up at the night sky. There’s wonder all around us. Just look at these amazing photos from the Hubble Space Telescope. The photos below are from the Hubble site.

What resemble dainty butterfly wings are actually roiling cauldrons of gas heated to more than 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The gas is tearing across space at more than 600,000 miles an hour—fast enough to travel from Earth to the Moon in 24 minutes. A dying star is at the center of this fury. It has ejected its envelope of gases and is now unleashing a stream of ultraviolet radiation that is making the cast-off material glow.

What resemble dainty butterfly wings are actually roiling cauldrons of gas heated to more than 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The gas is tearing across space at more than 600,000 miles an hour—fast enough to travel from Earth to the Moon in 24 minutes. A dying star is at the center of this fury. It has ejected its envelope of gases and is now unleashing a stream of ultraviolet radiation that is making the cast-off material glow.

 

Saturn is seen here in ultraviolet light. Particles in Saturn's atmosphere reflect different wavelengths of light in discrete ways, causing some bands of gas in the atmosphere to stand out vividly in an image, while other areas will be very dark or dull.

Saturn is seen here in ultraviolet light. Particles in Saturn’s atmosphere reflect different wavelengths of light in discrete ways, causing some bands of gas in the atmosphere to stand out vividly in an image, while other areas will be very dark or dull.

 

The graceful, winding arms of the majestic spiral galaxy M51 (NGC 5194) appear like a grand spiral staircase sweeping through space. They are actually long lanes of stars and gas laced with dust.

The graceful, winding arms of the majestic spiral galaxy M51 (NGC 5194) appear like a grand spiral staircase sweeping through space. They are actually long lanes of stars and gas laced with dust.

Penny and Jelly Constellation

For a fun activity, try this Penny and Jelly constellation project:

Penny and Jelly Constellation Project

Penny and Jelly Slumber Under the Stars by Maria Gianferrari

Penny is excited for a sleepover under the stars except for one thing: no pets allowed. She tries and tries to make a facsimile of Jelly out of various materials. Nothing turns out right. But then she has a great idea of how to include Jelly!

Penny and Jelly learn about constellations for their outdoor sleepover. This picture book lends itself to learning about the night sky as well as trying to make a dog using all kinds of materials including marshmallows, yarn and paper. This is a great picture book for a book club for kids as it lends itself to all kinds of fun activities. Or, just enjoy it as a bedtime story and look out at the night sky! [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Penny and Jelly Slumber Under the Stars

 

Penny &  Jelly: 3 Picture Book GIVEAWAY!

To win one of three copies of picture book, Penny and Jelly Slumber Under the Stars, please fill out the Rafflecopter below.

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Maria Gianferrari

Maria writes both fiction and nonfiction picture books from her sunny, book-lined study in northern Virginia, with dog, Becca as her muse. Maria’s debut picture book, Penny & Jelly: The School Show, illustrated by Thyra Heder, was released in July 2015 (HMH Books for Young Readers); a companion book, Penny & Jelly Slumber Under the Stars, will be released in June. Her debut nonfiction book, Coyote Moon, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, will be published by Roaring Brook Press in July, and Aladdin Books for Young Readers will publish Officer Katz & Houndini: A Tale of Two Tails in October. Maria has five additional books forthcoming from Roaring Brook Press, Boyds Mills Press and GP Putnam’s Sons. To learn more about Maria, visit her website and on Facebook.

And you can visit Penny & Jelly at their website.

I’m part of the Penny & Jelly blog tour. Check out the other stops:

PENNY & JELLY SLUMBER UNDER THE STARS BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAYS EVERY DAY:

Pre-tour post:

June 2nd: Jama’s Alphabet Soup: Hot-TEAS of Children’s Literature

June 9th: Pragmatic Mom + Three Book Giveaway!

June 10th: Mamabelly’s Lunches with Love

June 13th: Little Crooked Cottage + Homemade City

June 14th: Kid Lit Frenzy

June 15th: Miss Marple’s Musings

June 16th: Bildebok

June 17th: Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) + Three Book Giveaway!

Extra features:

June 24th: Picture Book Builders

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Penny & Jelly giveaway

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

52 Comments

  1. A super stellar celebration indeed!

    Can’t wait to share my post with Maria on the 16th!

  2. Cathy, you’re quite the early bird!!! <3

    Thanks so much for hosting me, Mia! Such a fun post. I love the photos!!

  3. Can’t wait to get a copy of this book! It looks adorable!

  4. Elisabeth

    I love the stars in a clear sky. I hope I am lucky this time.

  5. Karla Valenti

    Favorite thing to look at in the sky: whatever stars we can manage to spot through the city lights. πŸ˜‰ My favorite thing that I’ve ever seen in the night sky: the aurora borealis.

    Thanks for this great post and wonderful reminder of how beautiful the universe is!

  6. So do I, Elisabeth! It always seems to be cloudy or rainy when meteor showers are predicted too!

    Wishing you some luck ;).

  7. Kathy

    I love looking for Orion’s belt at the times of year when it’s visible!

  8. Linda Hofke

    Congrats, Maria! This new Penny & Jelly book looks stellar. You are a PB star! πŸ™‚

    I’d love to add this to Mila’s collection. She and Champ enjoyed the first P & J book so much.

    I’m curious. Any idea what the topic of the third P & J book might be? Or is that a secret.

  9. Linda Hofke

    forgot to say to favorite thing to look at in the sky. I know most people are saying which stars but my favorite thing is the moon. I like to watch how it changes through the month. And sometimes it is clear and crisp and other nights hazy. As a child I remember watching it through the car window as we travelled.

  10. Renee Alam

    The best thing to see in the night sky is a shooting star!

  11. Gina DeSantis

    The moon … always the moon!

  12. Regina Jordan

    I am loving the books that you share on this blog. I mostly arrive here via Facebook, and am so thrilled to have found you. We camp throughout the entire year. We use an app to name the constellations that are unknown, or hard to identify. Beach camping is our go to this time of year, and the night sky is wonderful to view over the ocean. We lived in Alabama off and on for years, and I have never seen such a brilliant sky full of shooting stars.

  13. I love everything about the night sky – from the moon and stars, to special events like falling stars and the aurora borealis. I wish we had a darker night sky for viewing!

  14. Thanks again, Mia for this wonderful post & to everyone who commented πŸ™‚

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