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Double Your Pleasure with These Picture Books

October 29, 2020

Today, I have two books written about the same subject.

Both tell a true story.

Both have similar titles.

Julie Abery tells the story in perfect rhyming verse.

Alayne Kay Christian tells the story in lovely lyrical prose.

The story:  One day, an old man named João finds an oil-covered penguin as he’s walking along a Brazilian beach. He knows if he doesn’t help the penguin, the penguin will die. João carefully cleans the oil from the penguin, who he names Dindim. João helps Dindim regain his strength by feeding him fish. They swim together and walk along the beach together. A bond of friendship grows, but João knows that Dindim belongs in his own habitat. He takes Dindim out into the ocean and lets him go to where he belongs. Surprisingly, Dindim finds his way back to João’s house and returns at the same time each year to visit his friend.

Each book tells of a lasting friendship between João and Dindim. Each book will touch readers’ hearts. Both have illustrations that depict an ocean setting that is soft and colorful. With themes of compassion and a lasting friendship, these books are worth having on your bookshelf.

The Old Man and the Penguin: A True Story of Friendship written by Julie Abery and illustrated by Pierre Pratt, Kids Can Press, October 2020.

An Old Man and His Penguin: How Dindim Made João Pereira de Souza an Honorary Penguin written by Alayne Kay Christian and illustrated by Milanka Reardon, Blue Whale Press, August 2020.

Problems, Problems

April 27, 2017

Tuesday was World Penguin Day. Who can resist penguins? They’re cute, and they waddle. I hope you didn’t forget your inner child and you waddled like one on Tuesday.

Did you know that sometimes penguins have problems? Read on.

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Penguin Problems written by Jory John and illustrated by Lane Smith, Random House Books for Young Readers.

Penguin is having a bad day. Nothing is right. It’s too early. It’s too cold. There’s too much snow. It’s too bright. It’s one problem after another. Then a walrus comes along with some inspirational words about appreciating what you have. It takes Penguin a while to realize there is a point to the walrus’s words, and Penguin begins to see the world around him as a better place. But then again, there are always Penguin problems. Lane Smith’s delightful illustrations combined with Jory John’s text make this book a laugh-out-loud success for both children and adults.

Waddle to your local library or bookstore and pick up Penguin Problems and some of my other penguin favorites.

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Penguin and Pinecone: a friendship story written and illustrated by Salina Yoon, Walker & Company

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 Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups written and illustrated by Tadgh Bentley, Balzer & Bray/Harperteen

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 Grumpy Pants written and illustrated by Claire Messer, Albert Whitman & Company

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 And Tango Makes Three written by Justin Richardson; Peter Parnell and illustrated by Henry Cole, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

 

 

Do You Have the Grumpies?

January 26, 2017

Have you ever had one of those days when nothing seems to go right? It’s raining and you have no umbrella. You’re late for work. You forgot your lunch. You find yourself asking, “Why me?” Step back, take a deep breath, and read Grumpy Pants written and illustrated by Claire Messer. It’s a sure thing to put a smile on your face.

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Penguin is not having a good day. He’s in a very bad mood and doesn’t know why. He tries to shake off his grumpiness, but nothing seems to work. Then he has an idea, and very slowly he begins to feel much better. Don’t let this book fool you. You’ll delight in sharing it with young readers. It’s a perfect pick for two to five-year-olds. Messer’s illustrations are adorable, and the text is presented in a large font. Everyone will enjoy the hilarious antics as Penguin finds a way to get rid of the grumpies!


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