Endearing book about a little boy who tries to help a penguin find his way home, but later realizes it was just lonely. Wonderful illustrations. Not a long book but long enough to keep children interested.
This unique tale of friendship features a boy and a penguin making a journey to the South Pole, only to find that what they were really looking for was each other.
SUMMARY: "Once the was a boy who found a penguin at his door." He had no idea where the penguin had come from so he thought it might be lost. He looked everywhere for where the penguin belonged with no luck. Finally, he researched and discovered that penguins live in the South Pole. So the boy and the penguin got in a row boat and rowed all the way to the South Pole. But the penguin was sad and the boy was lonely. The boy finally realized that the penguin was not lost, but in need of friend. So the two rowed back home and began the greatest of friendships.
ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created in watercolor. They are simple for the youngest readers, colorful, and interesting in all the right places.
THE GOOD: This is a lovely story about two lonely people who team up to become friends. And who would have thought a penguin could be a best friend. But it works out well in this story. The story is simple, but very high on the imagination scale. Penguins do not show up on doorsteps and little boys do not row all the way to the South Pole.
AGE RECOMMENDATION: Ages 3-7 (although you may need to explain to the youngest ones that boys cannot row across the world)
I adore all of Oliver Jeffers books - both the stories and the illustrations - but this is by far my favourite.
My little boy(now 6) and I read this book when he was 3. We loved it so much and read it so often, that he had it memorized page by page. We have a video of him pretend reading this charming book. :) This book is a part of my son's childhood.
Sweet book about friendship. I loved it just as much as my boy did.
It is a short, simple story. So sweet. I watched the movie. It was kinda sad though.
A lovely picture book that tells the tale of a wayward penguin and the boy who tries to return him to the wild, only to discover that may not be a good idea. A lovely read aloud for younger children and a discussion of friendship for the older group.
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