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Penguins Can't Fly: Two Friends Become TRUE Friends!

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This delightful color illustrated book tells the story of two baby birds who become friends: Gregory the gull and Hudson the penguin. As they grow, they do everything together--until the time comes for Gregory to fly. Hudson tries to fly along with his gull friend, only to find out that penguins can't fly. No matter how hard he tries, he simply cannot fly. Later, when the gulls spread out their net to fish they let Hudson help them. That's when Gregory and the other gulls discover something special that only a ...
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Overview


This delightful color illustrated book tells the story of two baby birds who become friends: Gregory the gull and Hudson the penguin. As they grow, they do everything together--until the time comes for Gregory to fly. Hudson tries to fly along with his gull friend, only to find out that penguins can't fly. No matter how hard he tries, he simply cannot fly. Later, when the gulls spread out their net to fish they let Hudson help them. That's when Gregory and the other gulls discover something special that only a penguin can do. He is able to dive deep beneath the ocean's surface, take the net with him, and bring up a large catch of fish for all to enjoy. One day, as the birds are fishing, Hudson discovers that his friend Gregory is missing. Can anybody find and rescue poor Gregory? On this important day, the other gulls learn how good and valuable a friend Hudson the penguin truly is. Illustrations on every page.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
British author/illustrator Byrne (The Really, Really, Really Big Dinosaur) offers a story of two birds united in friendship but divided by talent. Gregory (a gull) and Hudson (a penguin) have been close ever since they hatched: “As time went on they started to grow and change, but they remained the best of friends,” writes Byrne, as the birds are seen sledding, ice fishing, and exchanging knitwear gifts. When Gregory starts to hang out with other gulls (in the air), Hudson’s attempts to fly result in belly flops and humiliation (“The gulls just laughed unkindly”). The penguin redeems himself, however, rescuing Gregory from nearly drowning after the gull gets tangled up in a fishing net. If Byrne overplays the gulls’ cruelty and Hudson’s despair a tad, his cheerful cartoons provide enough comedic moments (particularly when Hudson tries to use balloons, a trampoline, and a kite to propel himself skyward) to keep the story from feeling too dire or melodramatic. A scene-stealing crab offers additional comic relief, and the birds even find a way to make Hudson fly, using ingenuity and teamwork. Ages 2–5. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1—Gregory the seagull and Hudson the penguin have been best friends ever since they hatched. Then Gregory is attracted by a group of gulls, and he flies away to play with them, urging Hudson to join him. But Hudson quickly learns he has no flying skills. The nasty gulls mock him, so he makes all kinds of attempts to fly, jumping off a trampoline, bouncing on coils, tying himself to balloons and to a kite, but all for naught. Meanwhile, like the other gulls, Gregory shows off and dives into the water, but he doesn't resurface. Sensing trouble, Hudson follows after his friend and rescues him from the net in which he has become entangled. All is well and the gulls are impressed by Hudson's diving and friendship skills. Throughout, a little red crab observes the goings-on and, ultimately, provides the punch line. The gentle illustrations and story about honoring one's strengths will delight youngsters, and the size of the book makes it an appealing storytime choice.—B. Allison Gray, Goleta Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438002545
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,422,073
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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