Reviews of children's and young adult books old and new

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Turtle's Penguin Day

Turtle's Penguin Day by Valeri Gorbachev

From Knopf this January Turtle's Penguin Day is a great picture book for any child who loves animals. The story begins with Father Turtle reading Little Turtle a bedtime story about penguins. Little Turtle dreams he is a penguin and has so much fun in his dream playing with penguins that when he wakes up he decides to be a penguin that day. He goes off to school in a big black jacket and red slippers. Once at school he tells his teacher and the other kids about all he learned about penguins from the story he read. The kids all want to be penguins and they spend the day learning and pretending they are penguins.

This is a very fun story that would be a fun read aloud for kids about to go to preschool. The story takes the reader through a lot of activities that Little Turtle has at school that would be a great way to introduce school to children. I liked that at the end of the story there is a list of facts about penguins so that curious minds can learn more facts about these cute birds. The illustrations have an older feel to them that fit really well with the story and add a lot to the overall tone. All of the animals in the story are represented accurately so that you can easily tell which animal is which. It is always fun to have young listeners point out the different animals in this story and maybe learn some new animals. Great for bedtime or anytime throughout the day, Turtle’s Penguin Day is a fun way to learn about animals and going to school. Recommended for children ages 3-5.

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