From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3 - The creator of Little Polar Bear introduces Leonardo the penguin, who persists in his dream to fly, despite his peers' puzzlement. With the encouragement of an albatross that agrees to model, Leonardo attempts to create large, strap-on appendages, much like the wing studies created by his namesake in the 1500s. Luckily, the resulting crash reveals a snow-banked biplane. The brainy penguin studies the instruction manuals and takes his flock mates (plus the albatross as copilot) for a ride. Fuel runs out right after a perfect landing, and Leonardo's journey ends as he discovers the joy of "flying" underwater with his own wings...while wearing an aviator's hat, of course. De Beer's trademark watercolors and rounded characters continue to entertain. - Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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About the Author
Hans de Beer was born in Muiden, a small town near Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. He studied illustration at the Rietveld Academy of Art in Amsterdam. Hans de Beer's Little Polar Bear books enjoy great international success. They have been published in 18 languages and in 27 countries.