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ARC Review of When No One Is Watching by Eileen Spinelli


When No One Is Watching

FTC Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book from Librarything’s Early Reviewer Program in exchange for an honest opinion

When No One Is Watching by Eileen Spinelli

Goodreads Summary:  When no one is watching, it’s easy to be brave — to dance and sing, growl and cheer. But when everyone’s watching, this book’s shy young narrator finds it far easier to hide. With her best friend, Loretta, though, she doesn’t feel shy, embarrassed, awkward, or odd — not one bit. Together they’re like two peas in a pod, whether anyone’s watching or not.Any readers who have felt shy will certainly recognize themselves within the pages of this adorable book, which will encourage even the most timid of audiences with its celebration of the value of a good friend.

Even as an adult, I could identify with this beautifully illustrated story about a shy bashful young girl who is so many things “When No One Is Watching.”   This is an excellent read aloud for classroom and at home reading. It is also an excellent resource for character education classes. I will be recommending this to the counselor at school and I’ll be ordering it for the school library.

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