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If You Were a Penguin Hardcover – December 23, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 310L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; 1 edition (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061130974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061130977
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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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

More About the Author

Wendell Minor is the author and/or illustrator of nearly fifty award winning books for children. He has collaborated with many accomplished authors, among them Newbery Award winning naturalist Jean Craighead George, Charlotte Zolotow, Mary Higgins Clark, Robert Burleigh and astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Several of his books, including two with Buzz Aldrin - Reaching for the Moon and Look to the Stars, and Mary Higgins Clark's Ghost Ship - were New York Times bestsellers.

In addition to children's books, his illustrations and design have enhanced over 2000 works, including the covers of David McCullough's Truman, John Adams and 1776, Pat Conroy's The Prince of Tides and South of Broad, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Wendell's paintings have been widely exhibited, and can be found in the permanent collections of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, the Library of Congress in Washington DC and the New Britain Museum of American Art in CT, to name just a few.

Wendell's collaboration with his wife Florence, If You Were a Penguin, was the 2009 selection for Pennsylvania's One Book, Every Young Child early literacy program. He and Florence live and work in Connecticut. www.minorart.com


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hyla Waldron on July 16, 2010
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My daughter loves penguins and this has been a great book to add to her collections. She is 3 years old and really enjoyed this book, her siblings (ages, 8, 1, and 4) do as well! I love the storyline and the illustrations!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laney B on February 14, 2013
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My grandchildren love both the story and the cute but realistic penguin in the book. It has become a favorite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Fadem on July 9, 2014
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If you were a Penguin you would miss reading this book to children! But, alas, you are not a Penguin...so feel free to get this book for the penguin fans in your family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Chabak on February 8, 2014
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Excellent book for very young children! (2-5) Definitely recommend because it goes into many gross motor actions that the penguins do. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on February 18, 2014
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Very cute book, I like how it shows all the different kinds of penguins and it tells you about penguin's lives. My kids love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Wood on April 14, 2014
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This book is an easy read with a delightful main character. Great to add to my collection of winter books.
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This book was a joby to read to my class of 2 1/2 to 3 year olds. They learned so much about Penguins. Not only was the information perfect for them but the illustrations were beautiful and realistic. Each day they wanted me to read the book over and over to them. At the end of the book there is a page that lists each Penguin with a photograph. The children would go through and ask which one was who.This is the book to buy for anyone teaching children about Penguins.
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