A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows the effect of snow on trees in a forest. Shows how the sun can melt snow on trees.
As Grandpa says, "Christmas is not about decorations and presents. It's about being with the ones you love." You can make gifts out of things you find in nature, like drumsticks, knitting needles, and fishing rods out of sticks.
Positive Role Models
Penguin is kind and wants to help his friends and family have a lovely Christmas. Grandpa helps bring the kids and presents into the forest, decorate the tress, and catch fish for dinner. He also explains that Christmas isn't just about presents and decorations.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Penguin's Christmas Wish is the sixth book in the popular Penguin series by author-illustrator Salina Yoon. Here, the loveable Penguin and his family go into the forest and decorate a Christmas tree, but when they wake up the next morning, they find a blizzard has dumped snow on all the trees and their decorations and presents appear to have vanished. How they make do and have a lovely Christmas anyway is a gentle story filled with the key message that Christmas isn't just about presents and decorations. And a fun, fresh twist guarantees that Penguin gets his wish to "share Christmas with the whole forest" after all.
Is It Any Good?
This sweet holiday tale has the main character learning that Christmas isn't just about presents and decorations, with a fun twist of snow obscuring and then sun revealing the trimmings he's put up. Penguin is cute and kind and thoughtful, and really nice to his siblings. Author-illustrator Salina Yoon's art is adorable, accessible, and defined by thick black outlines. She brings warmth and color to the wintry white landscape and loads of holiday cheer.
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