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Little penguins
2016
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Newbery Medal-winning author Cynthia Rylant and Caldecott Honor-winning, bestselling illustrator Christian Robinson pair up to tell this wintry story about five little penguins enjoying a snowy day.

Snowflakes? Many snowflakes. Winter is coming. So begins this ever-so-simple story. As the snow starts to fall, the excited penguins pull out scarves, mittens, heavy socks, and boots, and Mama helps them bundle up. But when it's time to go out, one timid penguin decides to stay home. Filled with waddling baby penguins, playful text, and delightful illustrations, this book feels like a young picture-book classic in the making.

"Visually stunning. . . . Pair with Ezra Jack Keats's classic The Snowy Day. " -- Booklist, Starred

"An excellent tale for the very young. A very warm and satisfying bedtime book and a paean to penguins and winter delights." -- Kirkus Reviews

Winners of the National Parenting Product Award
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
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School Library Journal Review
PreS-Donning mittens, scarves, and boots, five little penguins ready themselves for a romp in the snow, then return inside to prepare for bed, with guidance from Mama. Robinson's utterly enchanting acrylic and collage illustrations, relying on blocky shapes, pair splendidly with Rylant's straightforward yet enthusiastic text, conveying the pure joy of a winter excursion as well as the simple pleasure of the familiar bedtime routine. © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
*Starred Review* Caldecott Honor winners Rylant and Robinson collaborate in this visually stunning depiction of winter in Antarctica, but it's really about winter fun anywhere. Five silhouetted penguins are intrigued by the many snowflakes they see through the window of their igloo their clue that winter is coming. They excitedly dig through the winter clothes basket, selecting different colored mittens and scarves to match. Then socks. Then boots. Out they go to sled and stomach-slide into the deep snow, until Mama comes to rescue them. Then . . . off go scarves, boots, socks, and mittens. Now jammies, warm cookies, and sippies before they wrap up tight to watch the night. The simple text uses only one or two words on a page, and each double-page, full-bleed spread shows the action. Done in acrylic paint and cut-paper collage, the background of warm winter hues in deep blue and stark white sparkles with touches of colorful detail. The penguins' playroom and bureau and snuggly beds are familiar environments for little ones. Young children will have fun matching the Arctic animals on the end papers and the colored accessories of the little birds as they go about their winter fun. Pair with Ezra Jack Keats' classic The Snowy Day.--Gepson, Lolly Copyright 2016 Booklist
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