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.