I SURVIVED! I took a two-week break to power through a special reading project (I can share that later in June); the silent auction at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference; a pitch appointment being canceled and transforming into an eight-minute-edit session with an editor (yipee); and polishing two contest entries.
I return, as promised, with PENGUIN books!
Here’s my Perfect Picture Book Friday choice:
A Penguin Story
Written and Illustrated by Antoinette Portis
Harper Collins Publishers, 2009
Suitable for: 4-8
Themes/Topics: Discovery, Animals, Research, Colors/Environment, Community
Opening Lines: White, thinks Edna. Like yesterday.
Black. Like tomorrow.
Synopsis from Amazon: Edna the penguin only knows the three colors that surround her: white ice, black night, and blue sea. She is convinced there is something more out there. So she sets out on a quest—a quest for color. When she finally finds what she’s been looking for, it’s everything she hoped for and more. But that doesn’t mean she will ever stop looking.
Link to Resources: Here’s a link to Everything You Need with a really cute foam penguin craft. You can also be like Edna and look at the colors around you, your home, and your neighborhood.
Why I like this Book: It’s a simple story, but unfolds into something larger as Edna explores her world. I also like how the other penguins interact with Edna throughout the story from ignoring her to going with her.
Find more PPBF books at Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog.
Have a great weekend and happy writing, especially to those participating in the NaPiBoWriWee Challenge!
Cathy Ballou Mealey says
Sigh…another lovely penguin book. My library needs to throw a penguin party! Think of the awesome books, costumes, crafts, etc. And we could eat goldfish crackers!
I never thought about a penguin costume! What a fun idea for a party!
What a cute book! Looking for color. I like that journey. And I like Ms Mealey’s idea of a penguin party! There are sure a lot of cute penguin books out there!
Yes. I love the idea of a penguin party!
Joanne Roberts says
This looks sweet. I like the layering in of the search for color and the friendships you mention. Thanks, too, for the links. You’re right. Scholastic certainly has every penguin-y thing one might need. Great choice!
Yes. Scholastic is a treasure chest of Penguin info.
Denise Vega (@DeniseVegaBooks) says
Can’t wait to hear more about the reading project and the surprise editor session – cool for you! Thanks for sharing this great book. Have a great weekend – the weather is awesome!
The weather turned out to be lovely.
Rosi Hollinbeck says
This sounds lovely. I will definitely check it out. Thanks.
I hope you like it Rosi!
Julie Rowan-Zoch says
Yes – simple and simply beautiful! But I am biased – I like all her work!
I haven’t read all of her work, but I’m making my way through her titles.
Another great book to add to my collection!
Thanks for sharing this one.
Congrats on your sessions at the conference. I’lm going to a scbwi workshop on Sunday and a writers lecture tonight. Busy writing weekend for me.
I hope you had a lovely writerly weekend Clara.
Penny Parker Klostermann says
I love NOT A BOX, so I must find this one! Sounds adorable and I love that cover!
BTW…Glad you survived 🙂
This is a fun one. I’m glad I survived too.
Erik - This Kid Reviews Books says
I saw this one in the library! I’m getting it next week! 🙂
I hope you like it Erik.
Sue Wang says
I like Cathy Mealey’s idea: wear penguin suit and eat fish crackers. I love colors too -glad Edna the Penguin is exploring and showing kids this. 🙂
I know fish crackers and exploration are the best!
Wendy Greenley says
More penguins! These beasts are everywhere. I guess because they’re so darn cute – and the idea in this book fits their monochromatic lifestyle perfectly. 🙂
Sue Heavenrich says
another penguin book – imagine that! This one looks like a cute story.
Beth Stilborn says
Another PENGUIN for me! Well, I know you didn’t actually post this for me, but… another PENGUIN for ME! I’ve just requested it from the library. Now to pace until it arrives. I think I’m going to like Edna. Thanks, Stacy!
Edna is a very cool penguin!