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It's an ordinary day at the zoo until a little girl drops something into the penguin pen...

"What is it?" asks one penguin.
"It's a camera," says the little penguin.
"What do you do with a camera?" the other penguins ask.
"You smile at it!" says the little penguin, grinning.

And so the fun begins.

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Overview

It's an ordinary day at the zoo until a little girl drops something into the penguin pen...

"What is it?" asks one penguin.
"It's a camera," says the little penguin.
"What do you do with a camera?" the other penguins ask.
"You smile at it!" says the little penguin, grinning.

And so the fun begins.

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PreS-Gr 2

Penguins at the zoo lead predictable lives-swimming, eating fish, playing penguin games, looking at people-until the day they discover a camera on a rock. After they have dented it and pushed all the buttons, one little bird realizes what it is and tells the others to smile at it, which they do. Then all of the little penguins take pictures of each other until the camera stops working. The zookeeper finds it the next morning and returns it to the little girl who lost it. Luckily she loves penguins and does not mind that they "pecked it a bit." When the photos are developed, five foldout pictures show the penguin fun. The cartoon style of these pastel illustrations is as light and playful as the text. The sweet faces show a lot of expression, while the aqua and purple backgrounds highlight their antics. Children will enjoy the penguins' photos, and they will delight in the story whether they read it themselves or listen to it.-Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

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This lackluster effort features a jolly group of zoo penguins enjoying their favorite activity-entertaining and being entertained by humans-when they get a surprise: A little girl drops her camera into their habitat. Once all the visitors have left the zoo for the day, a little penguin takes up the object and figures out how to operate it. Soon all of the penguins are taking turns mugging for the camera and shooting pictures. Eventually, the camera is returned to the little girl, and she gets a surprise of her own when she develops the pictures and finds that most of them are shots of the goofy penguins hamming it up. While the vivid colors and grinning penguins, one of which is chomping or preparing to chomp on a bright green fish in every panel, may hold the attention of preschoolers, the predictable story and plodding prose will not. Even the novelty features-a viewfinder page and a set of photographs-cannot save this one. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545082921
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    Great gift idea

    My 4 yr-old daughter picked out this book at the library. She loved it so much that I bought it for her for Christmas. I know she has since forgotten all about this book since we returned it to the library, but she will be so excited on Christmas morning when she opens it.

    This book makes a great gift too for any child or Penguin lover! The pictures at the end were my daughter's favorite part of the entire book.

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