The Blue Penguin

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The Blue Penguin teaches a great lesson to young readers that it is okay to just be YOU! This book teaches the reader to be proud of what you accomplish and the challenges you face everyday. The author, Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot is inspired everyday herself by her own grandchildren. One of them just happens to be the illustrator of this book. Her name, Makenna Karen Klanot. Makenna is in the fifth grade. Two of her favorite things are penguins and dance. When she grows up, she wants to work with penguins and to ...
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Overview

The Blue Penguin teaches a great lesson to young readers that it is okay to just be YOU! This book teaches the reader to be proud of what you accomplish and the challenges you face everyday. The author, Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot is inspired everyday herself by her own grandchildren. One of them just happens to be the illustrator of this book. Her name, Makenna Karen Klanot. Makenna is in the fifth grade. Two of her favorite things are penguins and dance. When she grows up, she wants to work with penguins and to be a dancer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934246795
  • Publisher: The Peppertree Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 44
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.11 (d)

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Too cute for words!

    This is an award-winning children's book illustrated by an eleven year old child. It is wonderful! Little Pookie the penguin is born blue in a community of all black penguins. At first she ponders how she could make herself black in order to blend in. By working her hardest, she actually draws the attention of everyone around her. In this story, there are themes of cooperation, acceptance, efficacy and learning to be yourself. The illustrations are just precious and will surely draw in the young child reader. In penguin school, all the children learn to accept the blue penguin and she finally learns to accept herself. This needs to be in every school library and probably, in every household with young children as well.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

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    Pookie tried hard at everything she did.

    Pookie was different. She was a blue penguin and all of her friends were black penguins. Her mother tried to explain to her that she was a special penguin but Pookie just felt different. Some of the other penguins teased her. Pookie felt like she wasn't as good as the other penguins. Pookie tried hard at everything she did. She swam fast, caught fish and watched the little penguins carefully. One day, all the other penguins came to school painted blue, so they could be more like Pookie. Their teacher explained that there were other ways they could be more like Pookie. They could practice harder, be kind to others and be responsible. The other penguins made Pookie feel special. They decided to have a special day each week. The penguins could come to school painted any color they wanted. They called their special, "Let Me Be Me."

    The Blue Penguin is a delightful book with a message for first through third grade students. Pookie teaches children that it is ok to be different. It is ok to be who they are. The illustrations in this book compliment the story. The colors are bright and cheerful. Makenna Karen Klanot is eleven years old. She did a remarkable job.

    I shared this book with my eight year old grandson and 9 year old granddaughter ;both enjoyed the story. Sarah took it back to her room to read it again. Ryan liked the names of the penguins. I highly recommend this book to teachers for their classrooms and to parents to share with their children.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    And adorable book with awesome Illustrations

    How would you feel if you were a blue penguin? Well, since all of the other penguins are black, I imagine you would feel pretty odd, and out of place. That's how Pookie the penguin felt in this story. Since Pookie felt like such a misfit she worked harder than the other penguins at everything she did. And of course this made her do better at her activities that the other penguins. Her classmates tried being blue so they would be like Pookie, but their teacher explained other ways to be like her, other than just looks. Do you think this helped Pookie feel better about being different? Well, buy a copy of this adorable book and see what happens with Pookie and her friends.

    I love books teaching children that it is ok to be different and the author does a wonderful job of teaching young reader this very thing in The Blue Penguin. Even though Pookie looked different, she had other qualities that made her special. This precious book needs to be in every library across the country as well as in every home with small children. Read it to your young child every day to make sure he or she understands they are special in their own unique way. And the illustrations in this book are adorable. I love how the child drawings and colorings make this book come to life, helping the reader better understand the story. You will be surprised that this book is illustrated by an 11 year old girl. I just can't say enough about how awesome they are, and how much they add to the book! Thank you Makenna!

    I want to thank the author Karen Hutchins Pirnot for providing a copy of this book for me to review. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine alone.

    For an autograph copy of The Blue Penguin and other books by this author, visit her website.

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