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Penguin and Pinecone Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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PreS-Gr 2-When a curious penguin stumbles upon a pinecone, he doesn't quite know what it is. It doesn't seem to be a snowball, or an egg, or anything to eat, but it does seem to be very cold. Penguin knits it a scarf and thus begins a beautiful friendship. The cartoon illustrations are done with thick rounded lines, bright colors, and plenty of white space to give this story warmth and personality. Pinecone, overall a fairly quiet friend, visibly shivers, says "brrrr," and even starts sneezing. When Penguin's grandpa advocates taking him to the faraway forest where he can thrive, Penguin puts his own loneliness aside for his friend's well being. Though they can't live in the same place, the two remain close always. The spare text and clean illustrations, done in a nice variety of spot art and single and double pages, work well for sharing with a group while the tale provides great opportunities for talking one-on-one. A lovely story of a caring and unselfish friendship.-Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA α(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
When Penguin comes across a brown spikey object, he is not sure what it is—it’s too brown for a snowball, too hard to be edible, and “too prickly to be an egg.” No matter, Penguin is accepting of his new—albeit chilly—friend and knits it a bright orange scarf to match his own. When Grandpa comes along, he tells Penguin, “Pinecone belongs in the forest far, far away. He can’t grow big and strong on the ice.” And so the journey to the forest begins, and Penguin leaves Pinecone on a bed of soft needles. After much time passes, Penguin goes back to visit his old friend and finds a tall pine tree with an orange scarf tied gaily around its top. It’s a heartwarming sight. Yoon’s cute, boldly lined characters and graphic compositions tell the story in a series of spots, full-page images, and thought bubbles. This picture book, like many before it, proves that love comes in many forms. Pair with Lindsay Ward’s When Blue Met Egg (2012) for another wintry storytime about unlikely pals. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ann Kelley
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Although a wonderful choice to read all year round, the beautiful and lyrical message of being far apart yet always staying in each other’s hearts is irresistibly sweet and a great way to introduce making and sending Valentine’s Day cards for friends and family that may be far away.
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