Friday, April 9, 2010

Scooter and Chewy Read - Penguins

Penguins! You gotta admit that penguins have been popular lately. And there are so many penguin books out there.

I’m not even hitting the tip of the iceberg with these 4 penguin books we’ve picked out to share this week. *hee, hee* I know, sometimes I just make myself laugh! So go ahead and comment at the end if you’d like to add some more penguin titles that myself, my kids, and others can check out. Don’t leave us standing on a bare sheet of ice!

My Penguin Osbert by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel and illustrated by H.B. Lewis

Scooter received this as a gift when he was just a baby from Aunt Teacher and my brother. She gets the best books. This one doesn’t disappoint. It’s about a little boy who writes letters to Santa Claus about what gift he would like for Christmas and well, he’s usually disappointed. But not this particular year, because he’s very specific. Find out what happens when he gets the gift he actually wants. Hint….it’s a penguin that’s “moving and breathing and everything.” Not to mention, I love the beautiful illustrations!

Take Turns, Penguin! By Jeanne Willis and Mark Birchall

My kids get a kick out of this book. Chewy has been requesting, “the penguin pushes book” everyday since we got it out of the library. “Penguin is naughty,” both kids comment. Penguin learns a lesson, by the way of a crocodile. Yep, can you guess what happens? It’s a crocodile with a big toothy mouth. Um hmm. Read the book to find out what happens, it’s not as bad as I first thought when Biker Boy told me what crocodile does. (He was the first to read it.) At least your kids might get a kick out it.

Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Okay, if you haven’t ever read any of the Tacky books….they’re a must to put on your library list. You can’t help but love to read about a penguin that doesn’t quite waddle along with the rest of the flock and sticks out like a Hawaiian shirt among a bunch of look-a-like tuxedos. When you’ve got penguin companions named Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect….well, what’s a tacky penguin to do? Helen Lester writes fabulously funny books and Lynn Munsinger is one my favorite illustrators! Go get a Tacky book!

Little Penguin’s Tale by Audrey Wood

I’ll start off by saying, if you don’t get this book; go get some other books by Audrey Wood. She’s collaborated on books with her husband Don and her son Bruce. We usually end up with one Wood book in our library bag. This book is about a little penguin’s journey far from home. It’s a fanciful, fun, and colorful story. I mean the penguin is dancing with gooney birds and that’s just the start! See how this little “tale” ends.

So go get yourself a penguin book, grab a bowl of ice cream or herring, and make yourself comfy on a block of ice or in a cold bathtub.  Enjoy a penguin book or two. cream cake sounds yummy.  We've got a chunk of it leftover in the freezer from Biker Boy's birthday.  Does that count as breakfast?  And leave us a penguin book or two if you know of some....or just say hello!

Have a great weekend!  Oh, why not make some black olive penguins?

Psst...shocker...I know...there aren't any pictures of Ranger in this post!

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  1. My daughter's 1st grade class just did a whole month of studying about Penguins and read the "Tacky" book. She loved it!

  2. What a beautiful cover on the top one - Osbert

  3. Love the theme--these books look great! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Oh Mr. Poppers Penguins was always one of my favs as a child! Makes me want to go to Sea World.

  5. This post is such a gift! I mean great books, funny puns and such enthusiasm. I really feel blessed that someone compiled all these things to share.

    I first learned of Audrey Wood from The Napping House. I was this close to buying it this week.

  6. We LOVE Tacky!! :) Thanks for sharing these books! I love FMBF!! :)

  7. all of those penguin books look like they are a blast to read, thanks for sharing

  8. OMGOSH! Who knew there were so many fantastic penguin books out there??? How awesome!


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