PreS-Gr 2 Bibi the penguin celebrates his birthday with a large party, presided over by his father, the king. Delighted by his father's gift of a little yellow and white boat, a replica of the king's own craft, Bibi forgets his party and runs merrily off to play with his new toy, which soon sails out of sight. Heartbroken, Bibi enlists the aid of relatives and friends, but each time someone asks for a description of the toy, both the tale and the size of the boat grow in the telling. All ends happily, although not before the king himself receives a surprise rescue from a whale. It's rather difficult to decide the focus of the storyBibi's gift or the relativity of sizebut the simple plot will hold younger listeners. The strength of the book lies in Gay's watercolors; the cool blues and whites of the frigid setting are relieved by notes of red, blue, and pink. It should be noted that Gay shows penguins, walruses, and polar bears frolicking side-by-side, when in fact the latter two inhabit arctic regions and would not be found with penguins in nature. Part of the story is told in cartoon-style balloons, rendering it difficult for use in groups. Not a first purchase. Kathleen Brachmann, Highland Park Public Library, Ill.