From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3–How do you improve Florence Minor's terrific book (Katherine Tegen Bks., 2008) about the creatures that fascinate children? Add delightful music, playful penguin sounds, and a narrator with a subtle British accent. The CD opens with frolicsome penguin noises, immediately engaging listeners. Each double-page spread featuring Wendell Minor's beautiful, detailed art is introduced by fun, sparse, and informative rhymes detailing the traits, habits, and talents of penguins. Listeners are invited to imagine all the things they could do—swim, toboggan, feed their chicks, and more—if they were penguins. Amusing fun facts about these creatures and the distinct calls of various species conclude the audiobook. Page-turn signals are optional. A welcome addition to collection's for young people, and an essential purchase for libraries that already circulate the book.Lindsay Persohn, Crystal Lake Elementary School, Lakeland, FL
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Whether it’s the comical waddle, the formal appearance of their plumage, or their well-documented devotion to their young, penguins hold an unending appeal for young children. This husband-and-wife team’s appealing picture book invites readers to imagine all the remarkable things they could do if they were one of these lively, aquatic birds. Breezy rhymes introduce each dazzling double-page scene of penguin life, from “flying” underwater to tobogganing over the arctic snow to feeding a pair of adorably fuzzy chicks. Wendell’s vibrant large-scale figures, set against bracing polar landscapes, have enough personality to captivate a crowd, but their breathtaking detail demands the closer inspection and shared exploration of a lap-sit session. Penguin Fun Facts, a list of related Web sites, and a visual key of the 10 species depicted in the book, from the familiar Emperor to the flamboyantly plumed Macaroni, add informational detail to this light, superbly illustrated picture book. Preschool. --Kristen McKulski