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Penguin on Vacation

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by Salina Yoon
     
 

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Penguin is tired of the snow and cold, so he decides to visit the beach! But when his favorite activities like skiing and skating don't work so well on sand, can a new friend help Penguin learn how to have fun in the sun?

Seasoned illustrator Salina Yoon's charming text and bright, energetic illustrations ensure that readers will be clamoring for more Penguin

Overview

Penguin is tired of the snow and cold, so he decides to visit the beach! But when his favorite activities like skiing and skating don't work so well on sand, can a new friend help Penguin learn how to have fun in the sun?

Seasoned illustrator Salina Yoon's charming text and bright, energetic illustrations ensure that readers will be clamoring for more Penguin stories - wherever they make their home!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Stephanie R. Pearmain
Cold weather vacations can be fun, but Penguin is ready for something different. He seeks out the beach where he befriends Crab who teaches him how things work in the tropics. Together they frolic in the sand and in the water. Sadly, Penguin must return home. He is delighted when Crab shows up at his frozen home for a chilly getaway. Once again they have a delightful time and Crab leaves Penguin a special sea shell so he can hear the sound of the beach. This is a very fun book with vibrant, colorful illustrations. The illustrations show what different climates have to offer and the blossoming of a sweet new friendship as Crab and Penguin build sandcastles, ride the waves, toss the beach ball, and dive from icebergs. Crab is adorable in his cold weather gear — earmuffs and scarf and Penguin embraces the tropical with his flowery lei. Reviewer: Stephanie R. Pearmain
Kirkus Reviews
This delightful companion to Penguin and Pinecone (2012) presents another parable of friendship, this time with an exotic tropical crab. Penguin is tired of snow. Yearning for something exciting, he decides to head for a sandy beach. He packs his bag and floats north on an iceberg. But this new adventure isn't quite what he expected. He can't ski or sled or even skate on sand. When a curious red crab sees Penguin's distress, he asks, "Are you lost?" "No, I'm on vacation," says the frustrated and bewildered bird. Crab takes Penguin under his claw and shows him the ropes. The joys of the beach become clear to Penguin with Crab's friendship, as they play the sunny days away together. All vacations come to an end, though, and it is soon time for Penguin to return home. But now Crab needs a vacation! The new friends switch roles, allowing Penguin to teach Crab all the wintry wonders of his previously boring home. With her signature thick lines, pure colors and scratchy textures, Yoon creates a beach backdrop to showcase Penguin's tender personality. When the book begins, perceptive readers might recognize a tinge of loneliness in Penguin, and they will see how having a friend makes even the familiar seem more exciting. 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. (Picture book. 3-7)
From the Publisher

“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

“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 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

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

“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

“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

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Penguin is back and this time he's going somewhere tropical. He needs a break from the snow, so he packs his suitcase, waves good-bye to his grandpa, and hops on an ice floe to a beach vacation. He soon learns that he cannot ski, sled, or skate on sand. Luckily, he meets Crab, who shows him all the fun one can have at the beach-building sand castles, playing beach ball, climbing coconut trees, surfing, etc. "But all vacations come to an end," so Penguin heads home, but he soon discovers, to his delight, that Crab has come along. After all, crabs need vacations, too, and Penguin shows his friend all the fun things to do in his snowy home. At the end of his visit, Crab writes that he "shell return" (yes, on a shell) and one day he does. Yoon's crisp and clean Photoshop illustrations add depth, whimsy, and action to the text. Penguin in a stripped bathing suit circa 1920 and Crab wearing a scarf and mittens should not be missed. Yoon spins a simple and enjoyable story of friendship and adventure that will work well in storytime or for individual sharing.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802733979
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
04/16/2013
Series:
Salina Yoon's Penguin Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
122,123
Product dimensions:
9.48(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.36(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, Penguin and Pumpkin, Found, and Stormy Night. She lives in San Diego with her family.

www.salinayoon.com www.facebook.com/PenguinandPinecone

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Penguin on Vacation 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
isniffbooks More than 1 year ago
Penguin on Vacation begins with Penguin in a snowy scene &mdash; he is holding  snowball and also has a small pile of snow on his head. Penguin declares that he needs a vacation. But definitely not some place where there&rsquo;s snow because Penguin has been there and done that! When Penguin sees a cruise ship in the ocean and a beach ball bobbing in the water by the shore, he decides he will go to the beach! So he packs his bag, takes along his new beach ball, and off he goes &mdash; he travels by ice floe of course! What follows next is a special story with great take-away lessons. The beach is not what Penguin expected and initially he does not have a good time. Yet he doesn&rsquo;t get upset or cry or want to go back home. Penguin ends up making a new friend at the beach named Crab &mdash; Penguin ends up doing all sorts of NEW things and has lots of FUN. But all good things must come to an end &mdash; eventually we have to return home and say good-bye to new friends we made. BUT the story does not end here! There&rsquo;s more and it&rsquo;s quite sweet! My only quibble with Penguin on Vacation is that some of the non-narrative text seems a bit unnecessary. For example, one page spread shows Penguin sailing away on an ice floe &mdash; one hand holds a beach ball in his lap, the other is waving to a penguin on the shore. The narrative text reads: &ldquo;Penguin packed his bag and headed north.&rdquo; The non-narrative text (smaller in size and placed next to Penguin) says: &ldquo;Good-bye, Grandpa!&rdquo; Another example are the page spreads showing Penguin and Crab playing together &mdash; I don&rsquo;t think it&rsquo;s necessary for Crab to say what they are doing. In all instances, I felt the extra words take away from the emotion conveyed in the illustration. However, there are a few instances where the non-narrative text was appropriate and works very well. Penguin on Vacation is a sweet and thoughtful story &mdash; it may help kiddos prepare for what to expect while on vacation. Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are my own.
teachersMom More than 1 year ago
I have all the books about this little penguin....they are all so cute! My daughter is a teacher, and she loves them too.