Skinny Minnie Mayver has a skinny family-but no one is as skinny as Minnie! Skinny Minnie has a skinny mom, a skinny dad, a skinny sister, and a not-so-skinny brother, but she's the skinniest one of them all. And everybody in her family always asks her, "Skinny Minnie, how do you stay so skinny?" But she always says, "I don't know. I'm just skinny!"
On her birthday, Skinny Minnie likes to go to lunch with her aunt Helen. She always eats a whole Reuben sandwich; a big plate of salty, not-so-skinny fries piled high; two pickle spears; and a thick chocolate shake. But Skinny Minnie always stays so skinny!
Skinny Minnie likes to swim on warm days and zoom around in her skates. Sometimes she hikes on the trails in the woods with her family. She likes to challenge the other kids in her neighborhood to run races, and she usually wins. But everybody always asks her, "Skinny Minnie, how do you stay so skinny?" And she always says, "I don't know; I'm just skinny!"
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By Nancy Schauf Lapp
Abbott PressCopyright © 2011 Nancy Schauf Lapp
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Chapter OneFor my mom, who used safety pins for everything and always made me chocolate cake with chocolate frosting for my birthday.
For my dad, who introduced Reuben sandwiches to me at a young age.
For Eric, who shares my love of children's literature and always supports and encourages all of my whims.
Little Minnie Mayver is so skinny that no one calls her Minnie. Everyone calls her Skinny Minnie. She is so entirely skinny that her mother has to put a safety pin in her trousers to hold them up.
Skinny Minnie lives in a skinny, little house ...
... with her skinny, little parents,
her skinny, little sister,
and her not-so-skinny brother.
But Minnie is the skinniest Mayver of the mall.
All three Mayver children have their own pet. Skinny Minnie has a skinny, little whippet dog.
Her skinny, little sister has a skinny, little fish,
and her not-so-skinny brother has a not-soskinny, furry cat.
Skinny Minnie loves to play outside. On warm, sunny days, she swims all day.
She loves to zoom around on her inline skates.
And she enjoys long hikes on trails in the woods with her family.
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