Penguin and Pumpkinby Salina Yoon
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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!
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
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)
"This seasonal tale, that’s also a bit about little brothers, adventures and the endless diversity of pumpkins, hits the spot." Kirkus Reviews
"Bright digital art with bold outlines and succinct narration with some dialogue make this story well suited for reading aloud." School Library Journal
"Vibrantly colored illustrations add to the crisp, autumn feel. This book could have great uses during lessons on the four seasons and being observant of the world around you." Library Media Connection
"[Yoon's] squat, chunky penguins and their quirky adventures should find a sweet spot with toddlers." Publishers Weekly
"The appeal here, as usual, is Yoon’s thick-lined digital illustrations with clean, saturated colors and adorable characters." The Horn Book Magazine
"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
"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." The Horn Book Magazine on Penguin on Vacation
"Readers will respond to this warm tale of finding love." Kirkus Reviews on Penguin in Love
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)
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.
Salina Yoon has written/illustrated more than 100 books for children. Her awards include the 2009 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal, Best Book Award, for both TOYS and ROCK & ROLL COLORS (Scholastic). OPPOSNAKES (S&S) was a 2009 finalist for the CBC's Children's Choice Book Awards for K-2nd Best Book of the Year. www.salinayoon.com
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I have not read a Salina Yoon book to my son that I have not loved, this one is really good.