A new egg has just arrived, and Little Pip’s parents are so excited! Little Pip doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about—it seems like all anyone cares about is that boring old egg. Still, when danger strikes, Pip learns to help as much as she can. After a long, harsh winter, the egg finally cracks open, and Pip is thrilled to meet her baby brother, Sam, for the very first time! Lyrical text and charming illustrations illuminate this heartwarming exploration of the uncertainties children experience as their ...
A new egg has just arrived, and Little Pip’s parents are so excited! Little Pip doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about—it seems like all anyone cares about is that boring old egg. Still, when danger strikes, Pip learns to help as much as she can. After a long, harsh winter, the egg finally cracks open, and Pip is thrilled to meet her baby brother, Sam, for the very first time! Lyrical text and charming illustrations illuminate this heartwarming exploration of the uncertainties children experience as their families expand.
Little Pip, in her third outing, feels snubbed due to the "large, white oval" at her mother's feet. Pip commiserates with her friend, Merry, whose family is also expecting a chick. But when Chapman's acrylic landscape is slashed with sleet, Pip helps keep the egg warm, and on a sunny day when her brother cracks through the egg, Pip names him Sam. The displacement issues addressed are typical, but translate well to this tight-knit penguin community; readers awaiting a similar arrival will relate to Pip's mixed emotions. Ages 3–7. (Dec.)
- Heidi Hauser Green
Little Pip the penguin is happy as an only child. When the egg arrives on Mama's feet, Little Pip is not happy to find her parents preoccupied with it. There is no place for Little Pip to sleep now. Worse still, she has no parents to play with; when Mama goes in search of food, Papa has to hold the egg on his feet. When Papa goes fishing, Mama has to hold it on her feet. As happy as her parents are, singing about the promise of the egg to "make our family just right," Little Pip is miserable. She's not the only one. Her friend Merry, whose parents also have an egg, is likewise unhappy. The two commiserate about their woe and run away to play when a storm arrives. Both young penguins realize their family eggs are in danger. They run home, as fast as they can, to help keep their parents' eggs safe from the storm. Time passes. Little Pip takes her responsibility seriously. Then, the egg hatches. Suddenly, Little Pip sees that she hasn't just been protecting an egg; she's been protecting a brother. It is love at first sight as Little Pip sings, "Welcome, chick, you lovely chick. What a wonderful, glorious sight. Little brother, I name you Sam. You make our family just right." It's the happiest ending of all. Readers familiar with other Little Pip books—Where Is Home, Little Pip? and Don't Be Afraid, Little Pip—will enjoy this latest penguin adventure. New readers will surely enjoy those titles, too. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In this third book about Little Pip, the young penguin wonders what is so special about the egg her parents are so carefully protecting. She experiences all the feelings that single children have when they discover that they are about to have a new sibling. Her parents don't seem to have time or room for her any more, and "I should be enough," she thinks. Her best friend, Merry, also cannot understand what the fuss is all about in her family. The two go off to play, but when a storm comes, Pip rushes back to help her father keep the egg warm and safe. When it finally hatches, she welcomes her baby brother and is happy to see all of the other penguin families with their new members. Lovely full-bleed illustrations in soft colors depict the rough texture of the Antarctic land and the harsh weather. Little Pip's expressions and body language reflect her moods of curiosity, insecurity, concern, and joy. Wilson and Chapman have once again produced an endearing book about a situation with which children can easily identify. Pip, Pip, hooray!—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books for Simon & Schuster, including the Bear series and Where Is Home, Little Pip? Karma lives in Idaho.
Jane Chapman has illustrated numerous picture books, including Bear Snores On and the Happy and Honey books by Laura Godwin. She lives with her family in Dorset, England.