Penguin and Pinecone

Penguin and Pinecone

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by Salina Yoon

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Meet Penguin: a brand-new character whose chilly friendship will warm your heart!

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Meet Penguin: a brand-new character whose chilly friendship will warm your heart!

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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
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.)
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

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)

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Product Details

Walker & Company
Publication date:
Penguin Series
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Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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.

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Penguin and Pinecone 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
GHK More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't buy this book! It won't unlock for me either!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would love to be able to read this book and give it a proper review but it will not unlock on my Nook. I am not happy with this and I want other people to be aware there is an issue with the Nook book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Siver pelt with colored feather shaped patches. Green eyes. Warrior
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book i have ever read in my life i want to marry the author for writing this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
-Teachers pet wrote-This book is totes cute -Zebra nose wrote-if only there were giraffs in this book!