by Salina Yoon
Walker Books for Young Readers
Back Cover: When Penguin takes a trip to the beach, he discovers that it isn’t where you go that makes a vacation special—it’s Who you spend it with!
First Sentence: “I need a vacation.”
Synopsis: Penguin has played all he could in the snow. He has sledded, skied, and ice-skated all he wanted. He even counted up to 99 snowballs. But when you live in one of the coldest regions and wake up thinking snow again you need a vacation somewhere without snow; somewhere tropical. The beach is where Penguin decided to vacation. Penguin hopped on his ice floe, waved goodbye to his grandpa and headed south. When Penguin finally makes it to the beach, he finds it is not as much fun as he thought it would be, until he met Crab.
Penguin on Vacation is a cute story about enjoying whom you are with. Penguin finds he cannot do those things he does alone at home, but when he meets Crab, Crab shows him all the fun ways to play in the sand. They have a great time together. When it is time for Penguin to go home, Crab decides he needs a vacation somewhere different and goes home with Penguin. They have a great time and then Crab goes home. Penguin misses his new friend. He enjoyed his vacation—and Crab’s—because they were together, not where they were.
The illustrations are good. Penguin is cute with an orange scarf and the correct equipment when skiing—big blue sunglasses for the glare—sledding—a great looking red sled—and when skating, he keeps his fins behind his back while gliding around on yellow skates. He has black dots for eyes, yet his emotions still shine through. At the first, Penguin looks sad, but he is much happier by story’s end. I love the beach scene where a coconut falls on his head and Penguin scrunches down like one would if conked on the head by a falling coconut.
The only problem I saw is on page one.
“I need a vacation.” Penguin sighed.
The first sentence became two with the placement of a period where a comma should be. The rest of the dialogue is correct, so maybe this is a typo. Too bad it is on the first page. I really like this picture book and think kids will too. The illustrations draw me in. I love them and the clean lines. If your kid is not thrilled about vacationing somewhere, Penguin on Vacation can help alleviate fears. Kids will love the fun Penguin and Crab as they build sandcastles and snowmen; surf and sled together. It is a fun book with gentle humor. Penguin on Vacation reminds me of a song with the line, “Love the one you’re with.” Penguin and Crab become travel buddies. The two have fun no matter where they go because being together makes it fun.
TRAILER FOR PENGUIN AND PINECONE
Released April 16, 2013
Ages: 4 to 8
© 2013 by Walker Books for Young Readers, used with permission
Text & Illustrations: Copyright © 2013 by Salina Yoon
Walker Books for Young Readers is an imprint of Bloomsbury Kids
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