- Age Range: 5 - 7 years
- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers; Translation edition (November 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 081094460X
- ISBN-13: 978-0810944602
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.5 x 14.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 56 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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365 Penguins Hardcover – November 1, 2006
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4–This hilarious, oversize picture book integrates challenging math concepts and environmental concerns into a clever narrative. On New Year's Day, a family receives an anonymous package containing a penguin. The young narrator chases the bird around the house as it runs amok and knocks over lamps and furniture. His sister, Amy, finds a note, I'm number 1. Feed me when I'm hungry. Just as the message implies, there are more to come; by the end of the year, 365 in all. Penguins, penguins everywhere./Black and white and in my hair, sighs Amy. As they arrive, readers must recall the number of days in each month–by the end of February, they are calculating the number of penguins in all. Then Father decides to organize them, first into four groups of 15, later in boxes by the dozen, and, finally, into a cubic formation. By summer, the heat, noise, and smell are unbearable. On New Year's Eve, ecologist Uncle Victor arrives and the mystery is solved. The engaging story is illustrated in a flat retro design with a palette dominated by orange, blue, gray, and black and white. The comical birds watch TV, dance with their teenage sister, and eat everything in sight. The text provides endless opportunities for word problems, and units on penguins and global warming will never be the same.–Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools
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In this oversize picture book from France, family members deal with penguins that arrive at their home--one a day, for a full year. The high jinks begin on New Year's Day. As the penguin population increases, Dad, Mom, and the kids use multiplication and a few other schemes to organize, feed, and care for the increasing number of birds, but the scheme they hatch only meets with temporary success. At the end of the year, Uncle Victor, an ecologist, arrives; explains why he has sent the birds; and takes all but one of them, Chilly, away. The premise is goofy, but the math is fun, and the generous trim size, eleven by fourteen and one-half inches, allows plenty of room to show the growing penguin population. The illustrations, in orange, blue, and black, give a retro, almost surreal look to the art, which perfectly fits the story. This is a lively romp from the beginning to the end--when the first polar bear arrives. But that's another story. Randall Enos
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By December 31 the "mysterious" sender of Penguins arrives and is relieved to see that they all arrived safely, including Chilly the blue footed penguin. The Uncle gives you an ecology lesson and takes all but one penguin when he goes, and life returns to normal, but on January 1 a new surpise is waiting at the door.
The book is oversized 16 x 12, and the artwork is fun in retro blue, orange, black and white. My son thinks its a riot, he's 7. He likes to look for Chilly in the pictures, he likes to come up with names for the penguins, and he likes to count them and add them up.
This book definately sparks an interest in math, but it also lights up the imagination. We also have talked about what would be fun to get every day of the year. My son and I like our books with birds and this book is helping him to gain a little more confidence with numbers, and he sees now that numbers are every where. It's fun, I was blown away with how much he likes this book.
I think you could extend the ages on this book up to 9 or 10 because of some of the math concepts.
The story is one to make penguin-lovers wild with joy (or jealousy of this fictional family): every day for a year, a penguin is delivered to their house until they are left with 365 penguins on New Year's Eve. As the year progresses and the penguin population grows, the family has to figure our how to feed, house and entertain their uninvited guests using some subtle math interventions.
All in all, this oversize book in (mainly) black, white, orange and blue is a lot of fun. The story is entertaining and the art is simple but beautiful. Not to be missed; particularly, for the penguin-lover.
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