Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Penguin on Vacation

Penguin on Vacation 
by Salina Yoon
Walker Books for Young Readers, 2013, unpag. picture book

Penguin needs a vacation from the snow.  He decides to go to a tropical beach, but when he arrives his discovers that he can't do all his favorite activities like skiing, sledding and skating. His vacation seems like a total failure until he meets crab.  Crab teaches penguin that there is fun to be had wherever you are as long as you have a friend.  This is a reassuring picture book about trying new things and the importance of friendship. The bright illustrations, drawn with a few simple lines, and the minimalist text make this a perfect read aloud for even the youngest children.

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