If You Were a Penguin [With Hardcover Book(s)]

If You Were a Penguin [With Hardcover Book(s)]

by Florence Minor, Wendell Minor, Antonia Bathmill
     
 

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If you were a penguin . . .

You could swim really fast and toboggan on ice.

Sing a happy duet, once or twice.

You could live on land but dive under the sea.

There's a lot penguins can do, just like you and me!

Wendell and Florence Minor create a charming tribute to all the playful fun and activity that comes with being a

Overview

If you were a penguin . . .

You could swim really fast and toboggan on ice.

Sing a happy duet, once or twice.

You could live on land but dive under the sea.

There's a lot penguins can do, just like you and me!

Wendell and Florence Minor create a charming tribute to all the playful fun and activity that comes with being a penguin—which young readers can delight in too!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—How do you improve Florence Minor's terrific book (Katherine Tegen Bks., 2008) about the creatures that fascinate children? Add delightful music, playful penguin sounds, and a narrator with a subtle British accent. The CD opens with frolicsome penguin noises, immediately engaging listeners. Each double-page spread featuring Wendell Minor's beautiful, detailed art is introduced by fun, sparse, and informative rhymes detailing the traits, habits, and talents of penguins. Listeners are invited to imagine all the things they could do—swim, toboggan, feed their chicks, and more—if they were penguins. Amusing fun facts about these creatures and the distinct calls of various species conclude the audiobook. Page-turn signals are optional. A welcome addition to collection's for young people, and an essential purchase for libraries that already circulate the book.—Lindsay Persohn, Crystal Lake Elementary School, Lakeland, FL
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
"If you were a penguin, what could you do?" is the question answered in brief, informative rhymes that stretch across double pages filled with the active Antarctic varieties of penguins. They leap into the water, make funny faces, join groups of friends, and do "lots of things that you can do too!" The few words of text are set in large type and are more like captions. The illustrations depict the birds in naturalistic interactions that engage both esthetic sensibilities and curiosity about life in their snow-dominated world. Although the only characters are the various types of penguins, they are set in carefully composed scenes of interest. "Penguin Fun Facts" and websites are included. On the last page, small pictures of the 10 different kinds of penguins in the illustrations help identify them for the curious reader. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
The second from this husband-and-wife team (Christmas Tree!, 2005) explores the many things that penguins can do and suggests to readers that they can also share in these activities. For instance, penguins swim, sing duets, wear tuxedos and make funny faces. "If you were a penguin . . . / You could live underground / or on top of the ice. / Penguin pals all around / make it twice as nice!" Full-bleed paintings fill the pages with huge, realistic close-ups of many different species of penguins. Rhymes that start strong in the beginning weaken toward the end, steering the story rather than serving it. While the text falls flat, it does give illustrator Minor a window of opportunity for some clever images that readers will remember long after the words are forgotten. Backmatter includes lists of fun facts and websites to consult for further information as well as an identification key for all the species featured. Not a standout as either a rhyming picture book or a beginning nonfiction title about penguins. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781430108641
Publisher:
Live Oak Media (NY)
Publication date:
05/28/2010
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Florence Minor, a former film editor for ABC News, is the coeditor of Wendell Minor: Art for the Written Word. She is the author of Christmas Tree!, illustrated by Wendell Minor, which Kirkus Reviews praised for its "imaginative Christmas trees [and] poetic, rhyming text." This is her second picture book for children.

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