Henkes never uses the world "steal" and no one ever gets upset with Penny. Her experience is completely her own and he focuses on her emotions as she works through the experience of finding something wonderful, wondering who owns it and ultimately deciding what to do with it all on her own. Henkes subtly explores a child's first (independent) experience with morality and ethics AND in a beginning reader! Rather than the didactic, pedantry of books like The Berenstain Bears (which have their place, I will admit) and the two-dimensional stereotypical characters, Henkes does not talk down to his readers but assumes that they are capable of the same kind of independent thinking and decision making that his characters express.
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