There Once Was a Puffin

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But the dear little Puffin is lonely on his island for he has no one to play with. Children will rejoice when the muffin-shaped Puffin, with a hat for every occasion, comes up with a simple—and simply delicious—solution to his problem. Bright, bold pictures of a singularly appealing puffin bring this classic nonsense verse to life for the youngest listener.

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Overview

But the dear little Puffin is lonely on his island for he has no one to play with. Children will rejoice when the muffin-shaped Puffin, with a hat for every occasion, comes up with a simple—and simply delicious—solution to his problem. Bright, bold pictures of a singularly appealing puffin bring this classic nonsense verse to life for the youngest listener.

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A nonsense poem by the late Jaques (1890-1972) brings out Halpern's (Little Robin Redbreast) comic spirit in this perky offering. Jaques's protagonist, Puffin, can satisfy his appetite with fish from the sea, but as the sole inhabitant of his rocky little island, he hungers for companionship. Halpern shows the poor bird futilely trying to play against himself in a game of beachfront ping-pong. Then one day, expertly balancing on their tails, "Along came the fishes,/ And they said, `If you wishes,/ You can have us for playmates,/ Instead of for tea!' " It's an offer Puffin can't refuse. The resulting improbable fun includes a game of croquet, with everyone wearing natty straw boaters, and a session of snowman-making, which finds one fish trying to trap a snowflake on his tongue. As for sustenance, the Puffin now happily eschews seafood in favor of pancakes-in fact, it's clear from the avid fish diners on the final spread that he's become a master of the griddle. Younger readers should take a liking to Jaques's sing-song rhyming and Halpern's bold, simple shapes and bright, saturated colors. Ages 3-6. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Jaques's popular nonsense rhyme tells the story of a lonely puffin shaped like a muffin, who has no one "To/play/with/at all." The fishes on which he usually dines suggest that he could play with them instead, and in the end, they all get along quite nicely, spending time together and eating pancakes. Halpern's simple, boldly outlined pictures are more imaginative and appealing than those in the version illustrated by Laura McGee Kvasnosky (Dutton, 1995; o.p.). Children will enjoy watching the puffin playing croquet, building a snowman, and sharing a feast with his newfound friends. Libraries not owning the earlier book, or those in need of a replacement, may want to consider purchasing the newer title.-Melinda Piehler, Sawgrass Elementary School, Sunrise, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735817708
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    Hghly recommended.

    We love this book. My son got it when he was a baby. My son is 6 now and my mother (grandma) calls and reads it to him ever night before bed. Short and sweet. Good fun.

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