A tiny penguin is afraid of the water.
Pip-Pip, a roly-poly penguin whose body is mostly head and feet, sees the ocean as a murky, scary place. While all of his friends are splashing and playing, Pip-Pip stays ashore, tears rolling down his cheeks. Mommy penguin gently takes his flipper and encourages him to start slow. “But what if the water’s FREEZING? / Mommy, what if I get in / And it’s just too dark and deep for me? / And what if…I CAN’T swim?” His mom helps to reframe the situation: “What if in that water / There are friends for you to meet? / And what if it is LIGHT and WARM / And full of treats to eat?” Pip-Pip gathers his courage, tiptoes to the slippery edge, and JUMPS! A tale of overcoming fear is nothing new, but fans of the pair’s previous work, Giraffes Can’t Dance (2001), will cheer the easy resolution. Parker-Rees exchanges bold jungle colors for the icy cool hues of the Antarctic—with warm, sunny bursts for Pip-Pip’s triumphant success. The jaunty rhyme scheme adds a note of cheer to counteract Pip-Pip’s nervousness and timidity.
Andreae and Parker-Rees team up once again for another zoological confidence booster. (Picture book. 3-6)