365 Penguins

365 Penguins

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by Jean-Luc Fromental, Joelle Jolivet

On the first day of the new year, the mailman brings a surprise-a penguin! One by one, day by day, penguins fill the house. At first they are cute, but with every passing day, the penguins pile up-along with the family's problems. Feeding, cleaning, and housing the penguins becomes a monumental task! But who is sending these penguins, and why?

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On the first day of the new year, the mailman brings a surprise-a penguin! One by one, day by day, penguins fill the house. At first they are cute, but with every passing day, the penguins pile up-along with the family's problems. Feeding, cleaning, and housing the penguins becomes a monumental task! But who is sending these penguins, and why?

In a large format, and with lots of opportunity for counting, 365 Penguins is sure to become a wintertime staple.

Editorial Reviews

Jabari Asim
With penguins popping up so much in popular culture these days (in films such as "March of the Penguins," "Madagascar" and "Happy Feet"), their starring turn in a brand-new picture book is certainly no surprise. But their presence is definitely pleasing in 365 Penguins.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
Comical math problems and an ecological message form a memorable counterpoint in Fromental's story of 365 penguins, one for each day of the year. The cheerful boy narrator of this oversize paper-over-board book recalls how a deliveryman brought a box to his family on New Year's Day. Inside, he and his older sister are thrilled to find a penguin and an unsigned note: "I'm number 1. Feed me when I'm hungry." Their parents look less pleased, especially when more shipments show up. "At the end of January, there were thirty-one penguins," and after February, they tally 31 plus 28. "On April the tenth exactly, penguin number 100 arrived," and the family calculates the weight and cost of the penguins' daily fish. They build penguin-storage cabinets and struggle to clean up after their charges. All but one penguin have orange feet, and readers play hide-and-seek with blue-footed Chilly; the lookalike birds' contrasting black and white, plus the complementary orange and blue of the family house, contribute to Jolivet's striking mod design. On December 31, the doorbell rings and the mystery is solved. Uncle Victor-a gray-bearded explorer in Birkenstocks-briskly summarizes his dubious attempt to protect this endangered species. Victor's postal plan clearly is impractical and removes threatened animals from their habitat. Yet Fromental and Jolivet creatively make the points that each penguin needs care and feeding, that humans have difficult responsibilities and that the world's creatures add up. Ages 5-up. (Dec.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
One day, a family receives a strange and wonderful gift: a penguin and a note with the following directions: "I'm number 1. Feed me when I'm hungry." Day after day, anonymous boxes keep arriving, all with penguins and all with directions as to the feeding and care of penguins. As the number of penguins living with them grows from ten to thirty to sixty, the family starts to worry. How will they feed all of these penguins? Where will they house them all? And what happens when the penguins are generally in the way? As the notes get more silly, and the penguins continue to arrive, Mom starts to realize that the wording reminds her of someone. . . but whom? And then, finally comes New Year's Eve and the family, essentially moved out of their home by 365 tuxedoed guests, try to celebrate in the backyard, their celebration is cut short by Uncle Victor, the ecologist. As Uncle Victor explains his work in saving the penguins, the family understands the important role they have played. The illustrations, full of detail and humor, work well with the text, and readers will enjoy the various ways the family works to make their guests comfortable. This book is a great deal of fun.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-This hilarious, oversize picture book integrates challenging math concepts and environmental concerns into a clever narrative. On New Year's Day, a family receives an anonymous package containing a penguin. The young narrator chases the bird around the house as it runs amok and knocks over lamps and furniture. His sister, Amy, finds a note, "I'm number 1. Feed me when I'm hungry." Just as the message implies, there are more to come; by the end of the year, 365 in all. "Penguins, penguins everywhere./Black and white and in my hair," sighs Amy. As they arrive, readers must recall the number of days in each month-by the end of February, they are calculating the number of penguins in all. Then Father decides to organize them, first into four groups of 15, later in boxes by the dozen, and, finally, into a cubic formation. By summer, the heat, noise, and smell are unbearable. On New Year's Eve, ecologist Uncle Victor arrives and the mystery is solved. The engaging story is illustrated in a flat retro design with a palette dominated by orange, blue, gray, and black and white. The comical birds watch TV, dance with their teenage "sister," and eat everything in sight. The text provides endless opportunities for word problems, and units on penguins and global warming will never be the same.-Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Though not quite the elephant-folio size of Almost Everything (2005) and Zoo-ology (2003), this new Jolivet still probably won't fit into most oversize sections-but it should be just as popular with children. Slipping several math problems into his narrative, Fromental saddles an unsuspecting family with the daily arrival of a new penguin in the mail. The charm wears away as the weeks and months pass, however, and the smell of old fish (etcetera!) begins to become as compelling an issue as the overcrowding. Using a limited palette of mostly blue, bright orange and black, Jolivet creates lively silk-screened scenes featuring frantic family members struggling to cope with increasing flocks of small, toy-like, irresistibly cute penguins. At last, New Year's Eve arrives, as does Uncle Victor the ecologist, who explains that he's engaged in an effort to shift the beleaguered (though not endangered there, despite his claim) birds from the South to the North Pole in hopes of giving them a better chance of survival. Off he drives with the lot (except one), but then the next day brings a bigger box, with a considerably more problematic resident. A comic episode equally suited to sharing with one child or a lunchroom full of children. (Picture book. 6-8)

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Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
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10.75(w) x 14.17(h) x 0.50(d)
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4 - 8 Years

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