Storytime: The Not-So-Brave Penguin

Storytime: The Not-So-Brave Penguin

by Steve Smallman


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Posy the penguin is scared of many things—snowstorms, loud noises, the dark. But when her adventurous friend Percy is missing, Posy plucks up the courage to overcome her fears and goes on an excursion to find him.

This heartwarming story about friendship, being brave, and overcoming fears when it really matters is sure to become a bedtime favorite.

Beautifully illustrated, QEB’s  Storytime series introduces young children to the pleasures of reading and sharing stories. Featuring charming animal and human characters, the books explore important social and emotional themes like friendship, gratitude, perseverance, and overcoming fears. A Next Steps page at the back provides guidance for parents and teachers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781912413904
Publisher: QED Publishing
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Series: Storytime Series
Pages: 24
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Steve Smallman has been illustrating children's books for almost 30 years and writing his own stories for slightly less. He also teaches illustration workshops in schools, including mural-painting. Steve is the author of  Smelly Peter the Great Pea Eater (Winner of the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2009) and  The Lamb Who Came for Dinner (Shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award and read by Meatloaf on CITV's Bookaboo). When he's not working, Steve enjoys films, television, gardening, and walking in the countryside.

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Storytime: The Not-So-Brave Penguin 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
lghiggins More than 1 year ago
Join Percy penguin and Posy penguin doing what Antarctic penguins do—and bring along some kids for a fun time together. Storytime: The Not-So-Brave Penguin is an adorable picture book written and illustrated by Steve Smallman. It tells the tale of the adventurous daredevil Percy and his timid friend Posy. When Percy’s penchant for rollicking fun takes him over the edge, Posy finds the courage to overcome her biggest fear, the dark, to rescue him. Children can identify readily with both characters and will enjoy talking about the plot, characters, emotions, and setting. The illustrations are outstanding and such that a non-reader could retell the story. The author follows up with suggestions for discussion and activities to enhance comprehension with charts and art activities. I would like to extend my thanks to and to Quarto Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
The Not-So-Brave Penguin, is another cute addition to the Storytime series. It follows two penguins, Percy who is a bit of a daredevil and Posy who is quite frightened of pretty much everything. Heights are hard for Posy, she doesn't like sliding down the ice very fast like Percy does, she is afraid to jump into the water in case she belly flops, she doesn't like snowstorms and she is very, very scared of the dark. One day, when a new iceberg floats close to their home Percy goes out for an adventure. Posy is to frightened to follow him on his fun adventure, but when he doesn't return she is worried. Can she overcome her fear to help her friend? The artwork in this story is wonderful, definitely the sort that would keep a child engaged. Sweet watercolour illustrations that show emotion of the penguins very well. As with all the stories in this series, there are many ways a parent, caregiver or teacher can go with this story. Learning about penguins, where they live, how they move etc. would be one direction, but the one I really like is the idea of being brave. I remember hearing about soldiers saying that it is normal to be afraid of war and battle, but the brave person will face and overcome those fears to do what they need to do. That is a bit dramatic, but that is the message in this story. Once again the activities at the end of the book help to extend what the reader or listener hear in the story. This is one that my granddaughter especially loved, penguins of course. I definitely recommend this story to families, teachers and librarians. A great addition to any character trait collection. The publisher, QEB Publishing, generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
Percy penguin and Posy penguin are very good friends but they couldn't be more different in their outlook on life. You see Percy is a self-proclaimed daredevil. He loves to whiz down snowy slopes on his tummy and jump off huge icebergs into the water to make a gigantic SPLASH!!! Anything goes when it comes to taking a risk and he is able to have a blast doing it. Posy, on the other hand, is not so brave. She has anxiety and worry about many things like: shuffling down unfamiliar slopes (she slides on her bottom), being afraid that she may belly flop if she jumps off an iceberg, fear of snowstorms and loud noises, and her biggest fear? THE DARK!!!! One day Percy goes missing and Posy is very upset. Who will go and find him? Is Posy brave enough to take on his rescue mission of retrieving her friend all by herself? This delightful story is about overcoming fear and a special bond between two adorable penguins. The illustrations are extremely well done and very integral to the success of the story. At the back of the book the author has included short lessons and activities for parents, teachers and caregivers to open up dialogue regarding bravery and letting go of fears and apprehensions. I love the positive messages the book portrays.