Playful Little Penguins

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These playful little penguins love to play together in the snow and ice. Watch as they slide, swim, dive, splash, and even help a lost seal pup find its mother. At day's end, the tired little penguins return to their moms and dads and cuddle up for a cozy night's sleep.

The award-winning team of Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees has created a truly irresistible package full of wonderful bouncy rhymes that are perfect for reading aloud with young ...

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Overview

These playful little penguins love to play together in the snow and ice. Watch as they slide, swim, dive, splash, and even help a lost seal pup find its mother. At day's end, the tired little penguins return to their moms and dads and cuddle up for a cozy night's sleep.

The award-winning team of Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees has created a truly irresistible package full of wonderful bouncy rhymes that are perfect for reading aloud with young children.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 4 to 7.

Penguin children rush to greet each other at the beginning of the day. They have a great time in the snow. They skim; they slip; they squeak. At lunch time they jump into the sea where they swirl and whirl and twirl. Then they discover a sobbing baby seal on an ice floe. The penguins put on an acrobatic show to entertain the pup until its mama returns. She thanks them for their help and the sleepy penguins head for home "waddling and yawning through the ice and snow." Families gather in happy huddles, because what penguins like best is a cozy cuddle. The text, written in verse, is part of the artistic design appearing in circles and waves as it accompanies the energetic penguins in their play. The penguins are depicted with varying personalities, appearing in combinations of colors (white, black, and gray). Some wear colorful neck scarves or knitted hats. A good read aloud choice. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1
Several young penguins are enjoying a busy day walking, sledding, and swimming when they discover a distraught baby seal on an ice floe. The tyke explains, "My mama saw some fish swim by and dove into the sea./The ice floe we were resting on went drifting off with me!" By acting silly, jumping, and dancing, the penguins manage to cheer up the pup. There is a moment of tension when a scary underwater monster speeds toward them, but it turns out to be the mother seal, who thanks the helpful birds. The friends head home to end their long day in a cozy cuddle with their parents. The rhyming narrative gives the story a singsong quality. The text placement reflects the protagonists' activities as the lines wave and swirl through the illustrations. Parker-Rees's artwork is filled with fun-loving penguins, and the brightly colored cartoons add immensely to the story. Children will enjoy watching the animals' antics (the penguin wearing water wings is especially amusing). Fun, but additional.
—Catherine CallegariCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
"Playful little penguins coming out today / looking for their furry friends . . . Here they are-hooray!" The penguins in scarves and hats slide down hills of snow, hop in the sea to hunt for fish and play hard until they find an orphaned seal pup. To cheer her up, the penguins jump and wiggle, have snowball fights and build snow penguins. Suddenly something dark swims toward them . . . of course, it's the seal's mama. The tired penguins go home. "Sleepy little penguins / in a happy huddle- / that's how penguins like to rest, / in a cozy cuddle!" Mitton and Parker-Rees team up again for this big and bright celebration of penguin fun. The text swirls and swoops, following the nicely individualized characters as they slide and swim across the pages. This unnecessarily re-titled American edition of the British Perky Little Penguins will have story-timers tapping their toes and begging for repeat reads. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802797100
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 758,362
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.57 (w) x 12.01 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

TONY MITTON was born in Tripoli, North Africa, and grew up in Africa, Germany, Hong Kong, and England. He divides his time between teaching and writing children's books. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2007

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    This book is a great a great example of playful, loveable characters with colorful artwork and catchy rhymes. The penguins are so adorable and bring a smile to my sons face as I read each page to him.

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