Penguin and Pinecone

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When Penguin finds a lost pinecone one day, an unlikely friendship blooms. But Grandpa reminds Penguin that pinecones can't live in the snow—they belong in the warm forest far away. Though he will miss his friend, Penguin returns Pinecone to his home, dreaming of the day they can reunite. And when he finally returns to the forest to check on his friend, Penguin discovers that love only grows over time—and so do little pinecones! Prolific author/illustrator Salina Yoon's spare text and bright, energetic ...

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Overview

When Penguin finds a lost pinecone one day, an unlikely friendship blooms. But Grandpa reminds Penguin that pinecones can't live in the snow—they belong in the warm forest far away. Though he will miss his friend, Penguin returns Pinecone to his home, dreaming of the day they can reunite. And when he finally returns to the forest to check on his friend, Penguin discovers that love only grows over time—and so do little pinecones! Prolific author/illustrator Salina Yoon's spare text and bright, energetic illustrations bring to life this endearing story celebrating friendships lost and found and overcoming the odds to be with the one you love.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Readers familiar with Frank Asch’s Happy Birthday, Moon may think they are in for a similar story: a bighearted animal bonds with an inanimate object and endearingly projects a host of feelings onto it. But in Yoon’s story, the object—a pinecone—actually does have a personality. It shivers and sneezes in the cold and enjoys playing with Penguin. But, as Penguin’s grandfather tells him, a pinecone “can’t grow big and strong on the ice,” so Penguin makes a difficult journey to bring his friend to the nearest forest; his labors are rewarded when he returns to the forest years later and finds that Pinecone is now a towering tree—still wearing the scarf that Penguin knit for him. “Penguin and Pinecone may have been far apart,” writes Yoon, “but they always stayed in each other’s hearts.” Yoon’s minimalist digital artwork, set mostly along a single plane, feels bracingly wintry with its cool, saturated palette, scratchboard textures, and thick black outlining. Most important, it provides a suitable stage for Penguin to be his kind and generous self. Ages 3–6. Agent: Jamie Weiss Chilton, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
A tale of friendship that grows even through a separation. A little penguin with an orange scarf opens his heart to a shivering little pinecone. With care and concern, Penguin immediately knits a scarf for his new friend. Whooshing and whee-ing the day together cements their love for each other. But Grandpa says that Pinecone belongs in the forest far away because it is too cold here. Showing continued concern for his companion, Penguin packs his sled for a long journey. Wanting only what is best for Pinecone, the little bird leaves him in a love-filled nest in the forest and returns to his winter home. With the passage of time, Penguin has grown big and strong but has not forgotten his forest friend. Has Pinecone grown big and strong, too? She (he?) sure has. With crisp illustrations that capture a genuinely loving heart, this story addresses the issue of missing a best friend. The illustrations are well balanced with the text, using a simple color palette while still showing the emotions of both the bird and his unusual friend (no simple task). A strong if whimsical choice for those separated from loved ones. (Picture book. 3-7)
From the Publisher
"Yoon’s cute, boldly lined characters and graphic compositions tell the story in a series of spots, full-page images, and thought bubbles. This picture book, like many before it, proves that love comes in many forms." —Booklist, on Penguin and Pinecone

"Crisp illustrations that capture a genuinely loving heart . . . a strong if whimsical choice for those separated from loved ones." —Kirkus Reviews, on Penguin and Pinecone

"Simple yet affecting . . . ideal for a lesson plan on friendship, this book explores the theme sweetly and boldly." —Library Media Connection, on Penguin and Pinecone

"This delightful companion to Penguin and Pinecone presents another parable of friendship, this time with an exotic tropical crab. With her signature thick lines, pure colors and scratchy textures, Yoon creates a beach backdrop to showcase Penguin’s tender personality. Lesson learned: The magic of friendship does not depend on where you are or what you are doing—it is about being together and learning from each other." —Kirkus Reviews, on Penguin on Vacation

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—When a curious penguin stumbles upon a pinecone, he doesn't quite know what it is. It doesn't seem to be a snowball, or an egg, or anything to eat, but it does seem to be very cold. Penguin knits it a scarf and thus begins a beautiful friendship. The cartoon illustrations are done with thick rounded lines, bright colors, and plenty of white space to give this story warmth and personality. Pinecone, overall a fairly quiet friend, visibly shivers, says "brrrr," and even starts sneezing. When Penguin's grandpa advocates taking him to the faraway forest where he can thrive, Penguin puts his own loneliness aside for his friend's well being. Though they can't live in the same place, the two remain close always. The spare text and clean illustrations, done in a nice variety of spot art and single and double pages, work well for sharing with a group while the tale provides great opportunities for talking one-on-one. A lovely story of a caring and unselfish friendship.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802728432
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 142,333
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Salina Yoon studied art and design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She is an award-winning author/illustrator of nearly 200 books for children, including Penguin and Pinecone, Penguin on Vacation, Penguin in Love, and Found! She lives in San Diego with her family.

www.salinayoon.com

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Came upon this by chance and fell in love instantly! The story

    Came upon this by chance and fell in love instantly! The story is simple, sweet, and teaches friendship and love that doesn't diminish over time or distance. I couldn't help rereading this several times before I bought it. I loved it so much, I'm ordering it for a friend. My son is too young to understand the true meaning right now, but I plan to continue reading it to him until he can read it himself!

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    Posted January 24, 2014

    The best book ever

    This is the best book i have ever read in my life i want to marry the author for writing this

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    Unlock?

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    Posted September 23, 2013

    Super hotty

    -Teachers pet wrote-This book is totes cute
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