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Pinkie Leaves Home Library Binding – April, 1992

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From Publishers Weekly

"Poor Pinkie once swam through an oil slick and lost all his feathers, so now he gets very cold and shivers and shakes." Thus begins the appealing tale of a bedraggled penguin who longs for warm and sunny climes. When a newspaper's travel section blows "straight into his beak," the determined fellow sets out for the tropical landscape depicted. After a lengthy boat and train journey Pinkie at last finds warmth in his new environs--but he also finds that he is homesick. Garbed in a tastelessly touristy souvenir wardrobe, he returns to his friends, fully prepared to brave the elements. This bald bird--who bears a striking resemblance to the title character in Lucy Cousins's Portly's Hat --is a winning and stalwart hero, with his yellow bill, pink hide and few lone feathers. Deeply hued watercolors, enlivened through the use of wax resist, have a beguiling childlike quality. Both text and art, in fact, display a well-suited naivete that will have youngsters rooting for Pinkie's drolly diligent--albeit somewhat improbable--quest. Ages 4-7.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-K-- Pinkie the penguin, who lost all of his feathers when he swam through an oilslick, is very cold living among icebergs and glaciers. When he learns about warm lands where other pink creatures swim in the sea from a windblown newspaper, he stows away on a fishing boat and a train, and makes his way to a sandy beach full of basking humans. Alas, soon Pinkie is hot, thirsty, and homesick. He surfs home, bearing souvenirs, clad in a tropical print jacket, a stocking cap, scarf and sunglasses--no longer cold--``. . . just very, very cool!'' Childlike crayon drawings with watercolor washes present the incongruities of polar bears and penguins sharing the same hemisphere with the aurora borealis in the background. A harmless bit of whimsy. --Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE:
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Library Binding: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Trade (April 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590454854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590454858
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,580,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stephanie on September 24, 2010
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The book is adorable. It didn't come in exactly the condition I expected, but it was great nonetheless.
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