From the illustrator of the #1 smash hit The Day The Crayons Quit comes a humorously warm tale of friendship. Now also an animated TV special!
What is a boy to do when a lost penguin shows up at his door? Find out where it comes from, of course, and return it. But the journey to the South Pole is long and difficult in the boy’s rowboat. There are storms to brave and deep, dark nights. To pass the time, the boy tells the penguin stories. Finally, they arrive. Yet instead of being happy, both are sad. That’s when the boy realizes: The penguin hadn’t been lost, it had merely been lonely.
A poignant, funny, and child-friendly story about friendship lost . . . and then found again.
This is a lovely book about friendship. The text in this book is sparse, but every word is chosen with care – it’s more about what isn’t said, than what is. Much of the meaning can be discerned through the gorgeous illustrations and by reading between the lines. It’s a testament to Oliver Jeffers’ skills as both storyteller and illustrator that it is possible to tell how a penguin with only minimal features is feeling!
It’s a great book for children to develop their visual literacy, and even though its aimed at younger children, it also works really well with older children as a talking point to discuss the interplay between language and image. It also provides a way to talk about emotions, particularly loneliness, which, especially for young children, can be difficult to articulate and discuss.