Sunday, December 4, 2016

Books of December - Penguins

Okay, okay.  Penguins are not very holiday-ish.  They don't even live on the right tip of the world.  Most penguins live in a wintery climate.  So, penguins, it is.

Little Penguins by Cynthia Rylant.   Full disclosure; I am such a BIG fan of Cynthia Rylant that I liked this book before I saw it.  Then I saw it.  The text is so simple and the penguins are so delightfully cute.  They hurry to get dressed for the snow.  They play in the cold.  They hurry to throw their snowy clothes around.  They rush into the warm kitchen.  That's the whole story.  You still have to SEE the book.   It is a wonder to me that an author can take a handful of words and arrange them to create a winning book.

Penguin's Christmas Wish by Salina Yoon.   Penguin knows that he can't find a Christmas tree where he lives.  He packs up his friends and family and they go in search of a forest.  Hints of earlier Penguin books show up in that forest and so do lovely pine trees, just right for decorating.  Then winter weather strikes!  There is no time for disappointment.  Penguin and his crew find joy in the simplest gifts.
Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater.  Here's an oldie but goody!  When a penguin arrives on Mr. Popper's doorstep, he gets another penguin from the zoo to keep the first one company.  Nature takes it course and soon - penguin MANIA!!  A Newbery honor book, Mr. Popper and his penguins have delighted young readers for years.  This chapter book is for good third grade readers and up.  Younger children will enjoy listening to the book.

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