Monday, August 6, 2012

Penguin Palooza

 Check out the latest penguin reads before heading out to the zoo and seeing what varieties of penguins your local zoo houses!

Cole, Carol.
The Penguin Lady.
February 2012.
Sylvan Dell Publishing.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

Penelope Parker became known as the "Penguin Lady" after presenting herself in black and white clothes and waddling while she walked.  Her love of penguins quickly grows out of hand after it becomes known that she has received a gift of penguins from her brother and sister for her birthday.  As the penguin collection grows from 1 to 55, it becomes obvious that Penelope has taken on more than she can handle and decides to donate the penguins to the local zoo.  After the penguins take up home at the zoo, she quickly becomes sad and lonely and looks for a new love... her new love might just surprise readers and pose for an interesting writing topic for older children!

This book is a fun read and will keep children engaged as they wait eagerly to learn what other kinds of penguins exist for Penelope to take in.  10 different varieties are mentioned and will likely spark wonder in children to learn more about each kind, allowing a great opportunity for a little research project!  A great way to encourage learning throughout the summer months!

Lester, Helen.
Tacky Goes to Camp.
May 2012.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

This book was previously released in a hardcover edition.  Check out my review on that product here.  Children are sure to love this latest paperback installment of the popular "Tacky" series and eagerly await the next one to read!

After checking out one or both of these great "Penguin Palooza" titles, head out to your local zoo and spend some time with the penguins!  What species are housed at your local zoo?  What do they look like?  Where do they come from?  What kind of habitat do they thrive in?  It's interesting to learn about all the different species and how they differ and are similar to each other!


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