Penguin and Pumpkin

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When Penguin and Bootsy plan a field trip in search of Fall, Penguin’s little brother, Pumpkin, wants to come. Pumpkin is heartbroken to find out he’s too little to go, and when Penguin tries to say good-bye, his brother is nowhere to be found! At the farm, all the pumpkins Penguin sees remind him of his own special Pumpkin.

So Penguin and Bootsy bring a special surprise home to share a little touch of Autumn with Pumpkin. Prolific author/illustrator Salina Yoon's spare text and...

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When Penguin and Bootsy plan a field trip in search of Fall, Penguin’s little brother, Pumpkin, wants to come. Pumpkin is heartbroken to find out he’s too little to go, and when Penguin tries to say good-bye, his brother is nowhere to be found! At the farm, all the pumpkins Penguin sees remind him of his own special Pumpkin.

So Penguin and Bootsy bring a special surprise home to share a little touch of Autumn with Pumpkin. Prolific author/illustrator Salina Yoon's spare text and bright, energetic illustrations bring to life this endearing story celebrating Autumn and family in many forms!

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Editorial Reviews

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Little Pumpkin is beside himself with excitement. He's eager to go on a field trip with his big brother Penguin and Bootsy, but they have to tell him the bad news: He's too young to go along. A picture book about sibling affection and good ways to make up.

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"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

"Yoon's story of an unlikely interspecies friendship is both funny and sweet . . . let's hope that, as the Antarctic Ambassador of Friendship, Penguin, too, shall return in more adventures." —Horn Book, on Penguin on Vacation

"Readers will respond to this warm tale of finding love." —Kirkus Reviews, on Penguin in Love

Publishers Weekly
In Yoon’s fourth book about Penguin, the affable bird and his posse travel onboard a piece of ice to see what fall looks like away from the cold and snow. But Penguin’s younger brother, Pumpkin, is too young to come along: “I’m sorry, Pumpkin. But it’s too far for a fledgling,” Penguin tells him. Once the penguins arrive on a distant farm filled with pumpkins, they collect a harvest bounty, including leaves and pumpkins of all different shapes and sizes. After floating back home in one of the giant hollowed-out gourds, the travelers share their experience and goods with loved ones, including Pumpkin, who imagined autumn in locales as far-flung as outer space during his brother’s absence. As in the previous books, Yoon creates an idiosyncratic cartoon world of heavy outlines and flat pools of color. Her squat, chunky penguins and their quirky adventures should find a sweet spot with toddlers. Ages 3–6. (July)
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Living where it is always cold, snowy, and icy, Penguin wondered what it would be like to see the fall season. His baby brother, Pumpkin, (who wears an orange cap with green fringe on top) wants to go but is told “it’s too far for a fledgling.” Penguin, Bootsy, and several of their friends head out to find the farm. They are delighted to find pumpkins to take back. Penguin has another idea, too. He wants to take back something special for Pumpkin so he can experience fall: a box of autumn leaves. The brief text, simple graphic lines, and easy-to-handle book size make this a good story to share with preschoolers either one-on-one or in a group setting. Young readers will see different geographical settings and the climates that those places have as Penguin tromps from Antarctica to the farm looking for the pumpkin. Children can easily talk about the differences of what he would find in each setting. Teachers and parents can extend the story by talking about where penguins live, the four seasons, imaginative play, and thoughtful gifts. This is a welcome addition to the other “Penguin” books. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo; Ages 3 to 6.
School Library Journal
PreS-K—In his third adventure, Penguin is curious about what autumn looks like, so he and six of his friends decide to go to a farm to find out. Penguin's baby brother, Pumpkin, wants to come too, but the trip is deemed too far for him. Through the long journey across the ocean, comical spot art shows time passing: the iceberg on which the group rides grows smaller and smaller, until the penguins are left swimming to shore. In the farm's pumpkin patch, every pumpkin reminds Penguin of his brother back at home, and so he plans a special surprise. Upon their return, they find that Pumpkin managed to pass the time imagining what fall would be like in outer space. Bright digital art with bold outlines and succinct narration with some dialogue make this story well suited for reading aloud. Occasionally the story line seems to totter off course, but fans of Penguin won't mind a bit.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Penguin, always visible with his orange scarf, wonders what fall looks like in other places—and so does his little brother, Pumpkin.Penguin and friends shove off on an ice floe to find fall, but Pumpkin is too small to come along. After some floating, they find a farm, which is full of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. But what really captivates Penguin is the multicolored leaves falling everywhere. Riding in a hollowed-out pumpkin, the group tows another one that’s full of treasures (including books) back home, along with a treat that will show little Pumpkin just what fall looks like. The lines and shapes are muscular and graphic, and the palette is dominated, of course, by shades of orange and the blues and whites of ocean and ice. Pumpkin himself, meanwhile, has imagined fall in a number of other sorts of places with his “space-tacular imagination.” All the penguins have hats or mufflers or glasses or other distinguishing accessories in this series’ odd sort of anthropomorphic community.Readers with a generous tolerance for quirkiness will find that this seasonal tale, that’s also a bit about little brothers, adventures and the endless diversity of pumpkins, hits the spot. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802737335
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 7/29/2014
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,509,799
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.30 (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.

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  • Posted November 3, 2014

    Great Book

    I have not read a Salina Yoon book to my son that I have not loved, this one is really good.

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