Worth a look for penguin fans.

PERIWINKLE'S JOURNEY

It’s a penguin family reunion in Antarctica for Crystal’s birthday.

Little blue penguin Periwinkle, who lives in Australia, gets an invite to her cousin’s birthday. Periwinkle is worried that she is the only blue penguin and the smallest (by species, they are the smallest), but Mama counsels that it’s the insides that matter. Next she and her platypus buddy learn from wise koala Mr. Wendell where Antarctica is (and that there are no polar bears there). Perwinkle’s set to go. Albert Albatross straps on a passenger platform and flies Periwinkle and New Zealand cousin Rocky Rockhopper to South Africa to pick up Cappy. Albert can’t carry all of them, so they catch rides on humpback whales heading to meet the rest of the family in the snow. After much penguin frolicking on the ice and in the water, Periwinkle loses the gift that she brought but finds the inner strength to give Crystal a special, personal gift. Petersen-Fleming’s slim story functions as a vehicle for facts and a moral of individual specialness. Spafford’s signature illustrations from her line of cards, books, and (soon) television show can be a bit twee with all those very joyous penguins. But for those young naturalists who are interested in penguins as more than funny, flightless fowl, Periwinkle’s tale with penguin facts and maps on the endpapers is a good start.

Worth a look for penguin fans. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-943198-03-0

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Blue Sneaker/Southwestern

Review Posted Online: July 20, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2016

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A terrific choice for the preschool crowd.

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TIME FOR SCHOOL, LITTLE BLUE TRUCK

Little Blue Truck learns that he can be as important as the big yellow school bus.

Little Blue Truck is driving along the country road early one morning when he and driver friend Toad come across a big, yellow, shiny school bus. The school bus is friendly, and so are her animal passengers, but when Little Blue Truck wishes aloud he could do an important job like hers, the school bus says only a bus of her size and features can do this job. Little Blue Truck continues along, a bit envious, and finds Piggy crying by the side of the road, having missed the bus. Little Blue tells Piggy to climb in and takes a creative path to the school—one the bus couldn’t navigate—and with an adventurous spirit, gets Piggy there right on time. The simple, rhyming text opens the story with a sweet, fresh, old-fashioned tone and continues with effortlessly rhythmical lines throughout. Little Blue is a brave, helpful, and hopeful character young readers will root for. Adults will feel a rush of nostalgia and delight in sharing this story with children as the animated vehicles and animals in innocent, colorful countryside scenes evoke wholesome character traits and values of growth, grit, and self-acceptance. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

A terrific choice for the preschool crowd. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: June 29, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-358-41224-3

Page Count: 32

Publisher: HMH Books

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2021

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Yes, the Pigeon has to go to school, and so do readers, and this book will surely ease the way.

THE PIGEON HAS TO GO TO SCHOOL!

From the Pigeon series

All the typical worries and excuses kids have about school are filtered through Willems’ hysterical, bus-loving Pigeon.

Told mostly in speech balloons, the bird’s monologue will have kids (and their caregivers) in stitches at Pigeon’s excuses. From already knowing everything (except whatever question readers choose to provide in response to “Go ahead—ask me a question. / Any question!”) to fearing learning too much (“My head might pop off”), Pigeon’s imagination has run wild. Readers familiar with Pigeon will recognize the muted, matte backgrounds that show off the bird’s shenanigans so well. As in previous outings, Willems varies the size of the pigeon on the page to help communicate emotion, the bird teeny small on the double-page spread that illustrates the confession that “I’m… / scared.” And Pigeon’s eight-box rant about all the perils of school (“The unknown stresses me out, dude”) is marvelously followed by the realization (complete with lightbulb thought bubble) that school is the place for students to practice, with experts, all those skills they don’t yet have. But it is the ending that is so Willems, so Pigeon, and so perfect. Pigeon’s last question is “Well, HOW am I supposed to get there, anyway!?!” Readers will readily guess both the answer and Pigeon’s reaction.

Yes, the Pigeon has to go to school, and so do readers, and this book will surely ease the way. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: July 2, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-368-04645-9

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Hyperion

Review Posted Online: May 8, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2019

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