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A Mountain of Friends
Contributor(s): Schoene, Kerstin, Hyde, Natalie (Translator)
ISBN: 155455313X     ISBN-13: 9781554553136
Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside Ltd
    OUR PRICE: $17.10  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: May 2014
Annotation: A lyrical story about the power of friendship in making dreams come true follows the efforts of a group of animals who help a sad little penguin experience flight.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Penguins; Fiction.
Animals; Fiction.
Flight; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Birds
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | New Experience
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2014013011
Lexile Measure: 480
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 12.00" W x 0.50" (0.90 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 166007
Reading Level: 2.0   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):

Kerstin Schoene studied communication design at Bergische University Wuppertal, Germany. She enjoys using pencil, chalk and watercolors, but her favorite medium lately is her graphics tablet. She illustrates for various publishers, and writes and illustrates her own children's books. She lives in Haan, Germany, under the watchful eye of a furry friend.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall)
Penguin is sad: he wants to fly like other birds. So his helpful friends stack themselves to lift him into the clouds. Readers are asked to change the orientation of the book to help Penguin achieve his goal. Children will love the impressively illustrated wordless spreads of the animals piling upon each other to help the little guy soar.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 January #1)

Schoene's (Monsters Aren't Real) story stars a depressed penguin who wishes he could fly. His animal friends are the story's real heroes, and their solution to his dilemma is the book's best moment. Four striking vertical spreads show the animals—an elephant, giraffe, toucan, and more—piled on top of each other, making a tower to hoist the penguin up into the clouds. It seems almost possible to see them teetering. The animals are perfectly balanced—the story less so. At first, the animals look on as the penguin tries flying with the help of balloons and big, winglike leaves. A page turn reveals an alluring invitation: "The animals need you to be a friend and help penguin." The elephant's face looks out expectantly to ensure readers know who's being spoken to: "Yes, you," his sign says. Will readers be asked to clap their hands so the penguin can fly, perhaps? No, they're asked to rotate the book 90 degrees, the better to see those vertical spreads. That's it for reader involvement; the animals' tower does the rest. It's a bit of an anti-climax. Ages 4–6. (Mar.)

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