Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Review: The Little Penguin

The Little Penguin by A.J. Wood
Illustrated by Stephanie Boey

When Little Penguin finally hatches, Big Penguin is very happy! He tells Little Penguin that they have to stay together with all the other penguins and their babies in order to stay warm and safe. When it is finally time to head to the faraway sea to meet Little Penguin's mother, Big Penguin warns him that he must stay close because the snow and ice can be very scary when you're alone and cold, but Little Penguin isn't listening.

During their travels, Little Penguin sees something far off in the distance and goes out on his own to see what it is. It is a big bird! Bigger than his own father! The bird tells him that all of his feathers are falling out. Little Penguin feels alone and scared now. He must find Big Penguin! On his way, he meets a baby seal who tells him he better get back because he'll freeze if he keeps losing feathers. Little Penguin keeps walking and finally reaches his parents! They all go swimming together and Little Penguin sees that he has the same shiny black feathers that the big penguins have!

This is a cute little book about penguins. And who doesn't love penguins! Check out another book I reviewed about penguins, And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell.

The illustrations in this book are great. They would help children visualize what is happening. One thing I liked was that when there was a full page image on the right page, it was framed, but there was also a smaller illustration under the text on the left page. This image was either foreshadowing or adding a little detail to what happened in the story on that page.

I was assigned this picturebook to read when learning about the visible and invisible information that readers need to understand when they read a book in order to have fluency and comprehension.
Emperor Penguins
I thought it was a great story, although I was confused about a few things. It didn't seem like that much time had passed during the book, but the baby penguin lost all of his feathers, went swimming in the water and came out with the black shiny feathers that the adult penguins had. That didn't make sense to me. I don't know if that's how it actually happens, but I feel like it would take more than a swim in the ocean to get those black feathers. However, now that I'm looking at the illustrations more closely, I think that it seems that Little Penguin had the black feather underneath his baby feathers! So now it makes more sense! That just goes to show how important it is to understand the relationship between text and illustrations.

The penguins in this book were Emperor Penguins. In And Tango Makes Three, they were Chinstrap Penguins.


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