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From Barnes & NobleAfter reading Whiteblack the Penguin Sees the World, you'll want to adopt this penguin's positive attitude. As Chief Storyteller of Penguinland, Whiteblack should have many stories to tell -- but he's run out of them. Concluding that traveling the world will give him more stories, Whiteblack takes off in his handmade canoe. But like many well-planned trips, things go wrong. Crashing his boat into an iceberg would anger and frustrate any penguin (and probably any human!), but Whiteblack just sees it as more material for his stories. The trip is more than just a bunch of mishaps. He gets to ride a camel across the desert and at the end of the story, he becomes a hero. Slipping off a boat, he drags a net in the ocean, gathering fish for all his friends. They build a monument in his honor in the heart of Penguinland.
This is the first publication of the story since its conception in 1937. Whiteblack the Penguin is one of the characters H. A. Rey created at the same time as Curious George in 1937. It's easy to see the resemblance in the dry sense of humor and unfaltering curiosity and drive for adventure of both characters. Rey paints this book in watercolors with a whimsical edge, much like Rey's famous inquisitive monkey. Fans of Curious George, both children and adults, will adore the story of this waddling companion.