IF YOU WERE A PENGUIN by Florence Minor and illustrated by Wendell Minor

February 25, 2009 at 5:18 pm Leave a comment

penguinBoth author and illustrator launch the reader’s imagination on this playful and lightly informative journey through the daily surprises and life of penguins.  Children will love this clever, concept story told in upbeat rhyming text; “You could fly underwater/or sing a duet/You could live on land/but get really wet.”  The lively illustrations in gouache watercolor feature ten different species of adult and young penguins engaged in joyful activities.  The details of the penguins on the double page spreads are eye-catching and fun. The use of both soft and sharp shapes and colors bring out the harshness and softness of the environment penguins inhabit.  The title will naturally lead to one-on-one conversations and group discussions children will enjoy, as will the ending; “Penguins do lots of things that you can do too.” This book is a perfect introduction for a unit on penguins or wildlife that live in both temperate and Antarctic waters, as well as an excellent storytime addition. This delightful book includes wonderful back matter including fun facts, easy identification of the ten penguin species and some good web sites.  Unquestionably, an excellent addition to all libraries and K-2nd grade classrooms.

Picture book, ages 4-7

Recommended- Anne Beier (Hendrick Hudson Free Library)

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