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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 6
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780802728432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802728432
  • ASIN: 080272843X
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 9.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-When a curious penguin stumbles upon a pinecone, he doesn't quite know what it is. It doesn't seem to be a snowball, or an egg, or anything to eat, but it does seem to be very cold. Penguin knits it a scarf and thus begins a beautiful friendship. The cartoon illustrations are done with thick rounded lines, bright colors, and plenty of white space to give this story warmth and personality. Pinecone, overall a fairly quiet friend, visibly shivers, says "brrrr," and even starts sneezing. When Penguin's grandpa advocates taking him to the faraway forest where he can thrive, Penguin puts his own loneliness aside for his friend's well being. Though they can't live in the same place, the two remain close always. The spare text and clean illustrations, done in a nice variety of spot art and single and double pages, work well for sharing with a group while the tale provides great opportunities for talking one-on-one. A lovely story of a caring and unselfish friendship.-Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA α(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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When Penguin comes across a brown spikey object, he is not sure what it is—it’s too brown for a snowball, too hard to be edible, and “too prickly to be an egg.” No matter, Penguin is accepting of his new—albeit chilly—friend and knits it a bright orange scarf to match his own. When Grandpa comes along, he tells Penguin, “Pinecone belongs in the forest far, far away. He can’t grow big and strong on the ice.” And so the journey to the forest begins, and Penguin leaves Pinecone on a bed of soft needles. After much time passes, Penguin goes back to visit his old friend and finds a tall pine tree with an orange scarf tied gaily around its top. It’s a heartwarming sight. Yoon’s cute, boldly lined characters and graphic compositions tell the story in a series of spots, full-page images, and thought bubbles. This picture book, like many before it, proves that love comes in many forms. Pair with Lindsay Ward’s When Blue Met Egg (2012) for another wintry storytime about unlikely pals. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ann Kelley

More About the Author

Salina Yoon is an award-winning author/illustrator of over one hundred novelty books for young children including the dazzling KALEIDOSCOPE and PINWHEEL interactive books published by Little, Brown. She is also the creator of the popular PENGUIN picture book series, and forthcoming BEAR series with Walker Books for Young Readers. She lives in San Diego, California, with her family.

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It's a very sweet story with cute illustrations.
Paige Bruzdowski
I had one customer who came in who was looking for a book for her grandson.
B. Pellam
This is the story of Penguin and Pinecone's friendship.
Raven

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By B. Pellam on October 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I work in the children's department at a bookstore, and I read a copy of this book shortly after we received it a few days ago. I swear, I cried. My coworkers and I have all showed this book to each other and to any customers who will listen. I had one customer who came in who was looking for a book for her grandson. I suggested this book, and she said no, saying that she only buys paperbacks because hardcovers are too expensive. I told her that she needed to at least read it because it was so beautiful. I left her alone, and she found me a few minutes later with tears in her eyes, thanking me for showing her this book. She ended up buying two copies. This book is about friendships, love, knowing when to let go and when to hang on. I'm still in college and I don't have any kids yet, but I've already bought my copy, just so I'll have it ready when I have my own little ones someday. I love this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Raven on October 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is the story of Penguin and Pinecone's friendship. My kids are 11, 7, and 4, and they all love this book. My 4 year old boy "reads" it to himself all the time. I'm quite sure they'll have me knitting scarves for all the trees in my backyard this winter. :)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jaclyn on October 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My boyfriend and I were wandering through Toys R Us when we found this book, and flipped through it just for the heck of it. We go to colleges 7 hours apart, and by the end of the story, we were standing there sobbing like babies.

This book isn't really just for children; it's appropriate for anyone that is missing someone.

Besides that fact, the book was adorable, well written for a children's book, and the art was beautiful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Norman on April 30, 2014
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There's something about this book that makes me grin the whole time, even when I have an occasional lump in my throat. It's truly remarkable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew C. Grimes on February 4, 2014
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I got this and a bunch of other things for my niece for Christmas this past year and I had a chance to look through and read it -- the reviews had me very interested in the book so I wanted to see for myself why it had gotten such praise.

After reading, I can tell you that I didn't cry or anything like that, as some users have claimed, but I definitely felt a bit of a tug on my heartstrings for this little penguin and his pinecone. I feel that the message of separation and of love (bit corny for me to admit but true), was one that I definitely connected with and I think would be a great lesson for kids, and offers many chances for kids to realize that even after separation, and the growth that happens during separation, doesn't have to mean the two are still strangers.

Then again, I'm rambling a bit too much and feel it would be best to let you experience this great little story on your own with your child. Definitely a worthy additional to whatever little library you have for your son or daughter and deserves to be proudly shelved next to any other classics you might have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzy Black on December 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those picture books that plucks at your heartstrings. I'm not keen on very sentimental books and this is sweet and charming without being sickly sweet... perfect! It's the kind of book that stays with you after you've read it.

I love the friendship message - these days so many children (and adults!) live far from family and friends and this book has a comforting message, that a friendship can survive even long distances. I also appreciate the fact that it softly points out that animals and plants can only survive in certain parts/climates of the world - something that's extremely relevant to today's young population.

And I recently came across Penguin's blog too! It's delightful. My daughter adores Penguin's posts. [...]
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Catherine W. Hughes on January 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
When a penguin finds a pinecone in the arctic, he treats it as a friend. When he finds out that a pinecone belongs in a forest, not the ice, he takes the pinecone home. The penguin returns to the arctic, but later travels to find his friend in the forest. Young children ages 3-6 will like this story of fun and friendship and finding friends and homes.
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I bought this book for my sister's birthday. She loved it. She lives far away so we don't see each other that often. This one made us both cry.
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