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If You Were a Penguin


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Florence Minor is the author of Christmas Tree!, illustrated by Wendell Minor, which Kirkus Reviews praised for its imaginative Christmas trees and poetic, rhyming text. If You Were a Penguin, her second collaboration with Wendell, was selected by Pennsylvania for its One Book, Every Young Child early literacy program. If You Were a Panda Bear is her third picture book for children. Wendell Minor is the illustrator of more than fifty award-winning picture books for children, including Mojave by Diane Siebert, Abe Lincoln Remembers by Ann Turner, The Seashore Book by Charlotte Zolotow, and the New York Times bestseller Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin, as well as numerous books about the outdoors with his frequent collaborator, Jean Craighead George, including their classic Everglades. The Minors live in Connecticut, where they share their home and studio with their cats, Sofie and Cindercat. Wendell Minor has illustrated numerous award-winning picture books, including Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin, Galapagos George by Jean Craighead George, and If You Were a Panda Bear by his wife, Florence Minor. Mr. Minor's art has been exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum, among other prestigious institutions throughout the country. He lives in rural Connecticut with Florence and their two cats.


PreS-Gr 2-A playful and lightly informative look at the life of penguins. Children will love the upbeat rhyming text: "You could fly underwater/or sing a duet/You could live on land/but get really wet." The lively gouache and watercolor illustrations feature 10 different species of adult and young penguins engaged in mostly naturalistic activities. The spreads are eye-catching and fun. The use of both soft and sharp shapes and colors brings out the harshness and warmth of the penguin communities. This delightful book will naturally lead to one-on-one conversations and group discussions, as will the ending, "Penguins do lots of things/that you can do too!" It's a perfect introduction for a unit on penguins or wildlife that live in both temperate and Antarctic waters, as well as an excellent storytime addition. Helpful back matter includes fun facts, easy identification of the different species, and some good Web sites.-Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"A playful and lightly informative look at the life of penguins...an excellent storytime addition."--School Library Journal
"Wendell's vibrant large-scale figures, set against bracing polar landscapes, have enough personality to captivate a crowd."--ALA Booklist

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