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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
What to wear when playing in snow: mittens, scarves, socks, boots. Color red. Opportunities to count penguins and their gear. "Please" and "thank you" modeled.
Playing in the snow is fun. Caring adults watch over us and help us. It's good to suit up for the snow, and warm up afterward.
Positive Role Models
The young penguins dutifully suit up to play in the snow. They take pleasure in playing outdoors. They say "please" and "thank you" when adults give them snacks.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Little Penguins by Newbery Medal-winning author and illustrator Cynthia Rylant (Poppleton Series) and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Christian Robinson (Last Stop on Market Street) is a winner itself. It's simple enough to please the youngest readers, but also feels profound. Told with minimal text, five penguins suit up to play in the snow, slide down a hill, and come inside to warm themselves. The cut-and-torn paper collage paired with acrylic paint feels very much like an Ezra Jack Keats book, and, like the snowy day it depicts, the quiet simplicity of this book is hushed and deep.
Is It Any Good?
This elegantly simple book about penguins playing in the snow has the classic feel of a book that can be read and re-read. Its evocative torn-paper collage art and snow theme directly recall Ezra Jack Keats's classic winter book, The Snowy Day, while the deep blue, thickly brush-stroked skies might be an homage to Eric Carle. The questions and simple answers create opportunities for call and response. "Snowflakes? Many snowflakes." "Mittens? Many mittens." Youngest readers can identify with these mitten-wearing penguins, and with the penguins' youthful delight in playing in the snow.
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