The Little Penguin

The Little Penguin

by A. J. Wood, Stephanie Boey, Audrey Wood
     
 

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A newly hatched Emperor penguin wants more than anything to look like his tall, strong father. But when his own fluffy gray feathers start to fall out, Little Penguin is sure his wish will never come true. It takes a long ocean journey and some gentle words of wisdom from his mother before he realizes that he has become what he most wanted to be after all.

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A newly hatched Emperor penguin wants more than anything to look like his tall, strong father. But when his own fluffy gray feathers start to fall out, Little Penguin is sure his wish will never come true. It takes a long ocean journey and some gentle words of wisdom from his mother before he realizes that he has become what he most wanted to be after all.

Nature lovers of all ages will delight in the captivating illustrations and the reassuring story about growing up. On every page, lavish embossing illuminates the frosty beauty of the Antarctic setting and adds intriguing texture to the feathers and footprints of the creatures that live there.

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Publishers Weekly
Durable embossed pages heighten the drama of a young emperor penguin's rite of passage-the loss of his downy feathers-in The Little Penguin by A.J. Wood, illus. by Stephanie Boey.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-When Little Penguin hatches, he is covered with downy gray feathers, but his father assures him that, "One day you will be an Emperor of the Ice like me." On their long journey across the big ice plain, Little Penguin forgets his father's warnings to stay close and soon gets lost. Not only that, but he also realizes that he is losing his feathers and is afraid he will freeze. All's well in the end, however, when the little animal is reunited with his parents. Wood weaves some information about the life and habits of Emperor penguins into this short tale. Boey's finely detailed pen-and-ink and pastel illustrations are done primarily in grays, blues, and yellows, and are printed on heavy, embossed stock. The raised areas give texture to the animals and add depth and interest to the landscapes. This slight story works nicely as an introduction to Antarctic life. It could be combined with other stories about family relationships, such as Barbara Joosse's Mama, Do You Love Me? (Chronicle, 1991), or other books about penguins, e.g., Helen Lester's "Tacky the Penguin" series (Houghton), to enrich a preschool storytime.-Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525470236
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
First American Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.54(w) x 8.66(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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