According to his bossy sisters, Shelly is taking far too long to develop. Adelaide wants Shelly to skate with her. Miranda wants him to be an artist, like she is. Tallulah wants Shelly to dance and twirl. Shelly’s efforts to follow their commands— while still in his shell—make him dizzy. But when he’s left to his own devices, he has no trouble coming up with his own kind of fun. Shelly will emerge when he’s good and ready. When will that be? Only he knows! This lively story is for every kid who does things his or her way, despite pushy relatives.
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Margie Palatini is the author of such funny classics as The Web Files and Moosetache. She lives in New Jersey.
Guy Francis collaborated with Margie Palatini on Mary Had a Little Ham. He lives in Utah.From Booklist:
PreS-Gr. 2. Young children who feel pressured to catch up to their older siblings will rally behind the diminutive chick that stars in this humorous offering. Shelly's older sisters burst from their shells with fully formed interests and personalities: Adelaide loves to roller-skate, Miranda is a painter, and Tallulah twirls like a ballerina. They try to include Shelly, still encased in his protective shell, in their activities, but each sister concludes that "he's not ready." Then the sisters head out to play, and, once alone, Shelly removes his shell and spends a blissful day doing the things he loves--building forts and block houses, blowing bubbles, and counting his toes. Palatini's short, repetitive sentences are perfectly paced for reading aloud, and Francis' colorful, amusingly detailed illustrations of the animated bird characters extend the emotion and comedy in the words. All children with bossy sisters and brothers will easily see themselves in Shelly, who stands his ground against outside expectations and delights in his own games, at his own pace. Gillian Engberg
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