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A Penguin Story Hardcover – December 23, 2008
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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2—Like the imaginative heroes of Portis's Not a Box (2007) and Not a Stick (2008, both HarperCollins), Edna yearns for something different. Though her fellow penguins are content to play and eat in their world of white snow, black night, and blue sea, she seeks something else. She finds it—a giant, bright orange research station, inhabited by orange-coated researchers. When she takes the other penguins there, they are suitably impressed, and one of the researchers even gives her a colorful glove. As the others go back to their normal lives, Edna stands atop an iceberg, wearing the orange glove like a hat, wondering "What else could there be?" This gentle tribute to dreamers crackles with quiet humor, and the art's limited palette both parallels the plot and lends the book a classic feel. Portis's ability to convey emotion and character through the slightest change in Edna's beady eyes and flippers is extraordinary, and the interplay of the text and pictures nears perfection. A delightful story, delightfully told.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
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Edna the penguin knows three colors—the black of night, the white in snow and ice, and the blue of the ocean that goes on forever. She knows there must be more, so Edna sets off on a quest to find it. She discovers a camp of Antarctic scientists that is a vision of bright orange (tents, plane, parkas, and so on). The story closes with Edna wearing a large glove left by the scientists as a headpiece and wondering, “What else could there be?” The double-page spread shows a small green boat approaching in the distance. Beautifully designed pages are filled with bold geometric shapes depicting the Antarctic landscapes and the few inhabitants. Uncluttered, stylized illustrations featuring a palate limited to the colors mentioned in the story perfectly catch the droll humor of the simple text. This is sure to provoke many chuckles. Pair with one of the many other titles about penguins, such as Jean-Luc Fromental’s 365 Penguins (2006). Preschool-Grade 2. --Randall Enos
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The story is not too wordy so It's a good one to read if it's getting late and there's only time for "one more quick book."
The pictures are fun and my daughter seems thrilled pointing things out.
As far as reading it to her - Some books I don't mind reading over and over and over again... this one is not too captivating for the adult audience, but, as I'd do anything for my girls, lets read it again!
Loved the simplicity of the Little Penguin and of course, I love penguins!!!
The pictures are simple but beautiful, and the story of curiosity and friendship sends a positive message without being preachy.
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The author, Antoinette Portis, has written a fun book about Edna the Penguin.Read more