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JESSICA by Kevin Henkes

JESSICA

By Kevin Henkes

Pub Date: March 20th, 1989
Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins

Ruthie has an imaginary friend who reflects Ruthie's feelings and takes the blame for whatever mischief is going on--in spite of Ruthie's parents' occasional exasperation: "There is no Jessica." Still, Jessica goes along for comfort on the first day of kindergarten. But when it's time to line up, a girl asks to be Ruthie's partner; amazingly, her name is Jessica, and she and Ruthie become instant pals. There's nothing unusual here, but diminutive, solitary Ruthie is engaging, vigorous, and self-possessed, like children in Sendak's early books. Pleasant treatment of a common theme.