Little does Penguin know that a couple of matchmaking puffins have hatched a plan to aid him in finding love in this third adventure (Penguin on Vacation, 2013).
Yoon executes yet another warm tale pairing an engaging narrative for young readers with illustrations in saturated hues that pop with bright colors against the cool backgrounds. “One day Penguin was looking for love. / Instead, he found… // a mitten.” After a fruitless search to find its owner, he decides to get out some yarn and knit a mate. Elsewhere, his friend Bootsy is also knitting. Readers will recognize that what Bootsy is calling a “snout cozy” resembles Penguin’s mitten. Two sharp-eyed puffins make the same observation and decide to play matchmaker by stealing the penguins’ yarn and laying a trail for them to “unravel…together.” As they follow yarn trails with heart-shaped curlicues, they knit for warmth, fun, comfort and their friends until a blizzard separates them. They travel back, following their respective trails of yarn; a double-page spread shows them on opposite sides of the same very tall mountain (having knit cozies and scarves for lesser peaks along the way). When they reach the top, they realize they “had pulled right into each other’s hearts.”
Readers will respond to this warm tale of finding love. (Picture book. 3-6)