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Penguin Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Dunbar, Polly, Dunbar, Polly (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763649724     ISBN-13: 9780763649722
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
    OUR PRICE: $8.40  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: September 2010
Annotation: Ben is delighted to receive a penguin for his birthday, but Penguin will not answer or respond to him in any way, no matter what Ben does, until they discover the language of friendship.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Penguins; Fiction.
Human-animal communication; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2010031915
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.50" H x 8.25" W x 0.25" (0.42 lbs) 34 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Polly Dunbar is the author-illustrator of DOG BLUE and FLYAWAY KATIE and the illustrator of SHOE BABY, written by her mother, Joyce Dunbar. She lives in Brighton, England.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring)
Ben desperately wants his toy penguin to talk, but Penguin keeps mum. Exasperated, Ben decides to feed Penguin to a lion, but the lion eats Ben instead. Penguin comes to Ben's rescue, and a friendship blooms from a broken silence. The book's fresh white pages feature minimal text, allowing Dunbar's clean, animated mixed-media illustrations to do most of the talking. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2007 July #3)

Dunbar's (Flyaway Katie ) winsome mixed media illustrations carry the day in a story that pulls a few punches on readers. From the striking white cover illustrations of Penguin with the title displayed in textured primary colors, to the blue Sendak-like lion that precipitates the denouement, the illustrations are child-centered, deceptively simple, and satisfying. No matter what Ben does, his new penguin won't respond. The white background focuses attention on the characters, while Dunbar's use of line is particularly effective in showing Ben's mixed emotions. The abrupt resolution of Ben's problem, however, while creative, could be problematic. When a passing Lion swallows the frustrated toddler for noisily shouting, "SAY SOMETHING!" Penguin bites Lion's nose. Ben is instantly burped up, and finally, "Penguin [says] everything." But Penguin's way of "saying everything" is to use pictures; these are contained in a huge speech bubble. Because the book initially seems to present a real boy and his stuffed toy, Lion's appearance seems surprising, as if a phoenix emerged in the middle of a pioneer diary. This change in the construction of the reality of the story may be baffling or intriguing depending on the reader, but nearly everyone will enjoy retracing and comparing the narrator's story told in words with Penguin's story told in pictures. Ages 4-7. (July)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 July)

PreS-K— A pajama-clad toddler opens his present to find a toy penguin. Much to Ben's chagrin, the bird doesn't say anything, no matter how hard the boy tries to engage it—singing, dancing, even sticking out his tongue in exasperation. It isn't until a blue lion chomps on the child that Penguin jumps into action and rescues his new pal. Facial features on each character, down to even the simplest dots used for eyeballs, show a range of expressions from anger to frustration and, finally, love. The attractive, spare illustrations in mixed media are focused and centered on a white background. The culminating spread says it all—with a heart. A tender supplement for toy and companionship titles.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA

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