Academic journal article Language Arts

Jessica's Box

Academic journal article Language Arts

Jessica's Box

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Jessica's Box Written and illustrated by Peter Carnavas Kane Miller, 2015, unpaged, ISBN 978-1- 61067- 347- 1

"Jessica's mind was too busy for sleep. Her thoughts were already with tomorrow." In anticipation of the number of friends she hopes to make on her first day of school, Jessica takes a box to school. Initially no one takes notice. When a crowd does gather, Jessica reaches into the box to showcase her teddy bear. In response, her classmates laugh or just walk away. On the second day, her box is filled with cupcakes that disappear without a "thank you" as quickly as she reveals them. On the third day, Jessica's dog Doris makes her debut in the box and garners much attention from the children, until the school groundskeeper takes Doris home. It is what her classmate finds in Jessica's box on the following day that helps Jessica fulfill her dreams of new friendships.

Jessica's Box is an award-winning picturebook for Peter Carnavas. …

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