Once there was a boy and one day he found a penguin at his door...so begins the magical adventure of the boy and the penguin as they travel all the way to the South Pole, looking for home and discovering friendship. There once was a boy...and one day a penguin arrives on his doorstep. The boy decides the penguin must be lost and tries to return ...
Once there was a boy and one day he found a penguin at his door...so begins the magical adventure of the boy and the penguin as they travel all the way to the South Pole, looking for home and discovering friendship. There once was a boy...and one day a penguin arrives on his doorstep. The boy decides the penguin must be lost and tries to return him. But no one seems to be missing a penguin. So the boy decides to take the penguin home himself, and they set out in his row boat on a journey to the South Pole. But when they get there, the boy discovers that maybe home wasn't what the penguin was looking for after all...Now made available for the first time in a toddler friendly board format, the youngest generation can enjoy this unforgettable story about friendship and the search for a home.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-01-02 This beguiling tale featuring the round-headed lad from Jeffers's debut book, How to Catch a Star, begins, "Once there was a boy who found a penguin at his door." Enticing, spare text and watercolor pictures follow the earnest, red-and-white-striped shirt clad child's quest to help the sad-looking penguin find its way home. He checks with the Lost and Found Office ("But no one was missing a penguin") and futilely asks some birds and the rubber duck that shares his bath for guidance before reading (in a book drolly entitled Where Penguins Come From) that his new friend hails from the South Pole. After making sure their rowboat is ship-shape, the two set out to sea, the child rowing south while telling stories to the rapt penguin, sitting in the bow, endearingly holding a striped umbrella over its head when the weather turns stormy. The prose reflects the hero's sudden sadness after he sees the bird home (there "was no point telling stories now because there was no one to listen except the wind and the waves"). Youngsters will cheer the pals' inevitable reunion and will likely request an immediate rereading of this gently humorous and heartwarming tale of friendship found, lost and regained. Ages 4-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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