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There Once Was a Puffin Hardcover – September 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: North-South Books (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735817707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735817708
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Originally written more than 25 years ago, Jaques's Lear-like limerick makes a virtue of simplicity, affectingly conveying its message in just a few lines. Living on an island surrounded by fish, a solitary Puffin ("Just the shape of a muffin") is pining away for want of a pal-"So he sat on his island,/ And he cried for a while, and/ He felt very lonely,/ And he felt very small." But the fish have the answer ("You can have us for playmates/ Instead of for tea!"), and now the Puffin subsists on a landlubber's diet-with company at every meal. Kvasnosky's (Pink, Red, Blue-What Are You?) full-spread illustrations-rendered as crisply outlined swaths of clear, bright colors-add personality and pizazz. Her carefully composed pictures match the poem's forthright tone; together, text and art relay a beguiling tale of friendship found in unexpected form. Ages 2-4.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K-Jaques's popular nonsense rhyme tells the story of a lonely puffin shaped like a muffin, who has no one "To/play/with/at all." The fishes on which he usually dines suggest that he could play with them instead, and in the end, they all get along quite nicely, spending time together and eating pancakes. Halpern's simple, boldly outlined pictures are more imaginative and appealing than those in the version illustrated by Laura McGee Kvasnosky (Dutton, 1995; o.p.). Children will enjoy watching the puffin playing croquet, building a snowman, and sharing a feast with his newfound friends. Libraries not owning the earlier book, or those in need of a replacement, may want to consider purchasing the newer title.
Melinda Piehler, Sawgrass Elementary School, Sunrise, FL
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A fun and great choice!
Luke's Mommy
It's to the point where I read the first few words and my son finishes the sentence and that's how we read this book.
B. Cano
If this book was in stock I would buy several to have on hand as presents and keep at least one for myself.
Judi Breen

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am interested in this book, but want only the poem. Can you help me
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 1999
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This is my 2 1/2 year old twins favorite book. The poetry perfectly portrays a story both amusing and sensitive and the illustrations are vivid, artistic and engaging.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 2000
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This is nice book--the text, the pictures, and the light-hearted vegetarian message. I am so disappointed it is out of stock!
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Adroitly written by Florence Page Jaques with an "easy reader" text, and enhanced with the artwork of Shari Halpern, There Once Was A Puffin is a brightly illustrated picture book about a lonely puffin. At first he ate fish, but he had no one to play with - so he befriended the fish he once ate, and learned to eat pancakes instead. An upbeat story told with energy and gusto, There Once Was A Puffin is a welcome addition to any school or community library collection.
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By Luke's Mommy on November 21, 2007
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This book is the greatest! The fun rhyming poem keeps my 15 month-old son entertained for hours. He loves the bright pictures and helping me turn the pages. It's such a short and catchy poem that even when he turns the pages quickly I can keep up because I know it by heart. Even our family members can recite along!!! The best part is that when I ask him 'Where's the Puffin?' he can find the book no matter where he is. A fun and great choice!
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The charming language and addictive rhythm captured my 3-year-old daughter's imagination. "Then along came the fishes and they said, 'If you wishes, you can have us for playmates, instead of for tea.'" Not only did she memorize it all on her own, she loves to play with the words, inserting various other food items for the pancakes which the puffin ultimately chooses instead of eating fish.
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Ever since my son went to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA he became a lover of all things Puffin. This book is pretty much memorized and tells the sweet tale of a Puffin who loved to eat fishes that were most delicious, however he was also very lonely living on his small island. It's to the point where I read the first few words and my son finishes the sentence and that's how we read this book. Another book that is also very easy to memorize, has rhyming prose and for child sentence finishing is "C is for Coco" by Sloane Tannen.
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