Today I am a Penguin, written and illustrated by Melissa Ross, is a fun and educational “imagination trip.” It’s a good way for kids to learn about penguins by being right there and part of the action. I appreciate stories that entertain while educating young minds.
Kaleigh, the main character, receives a stuffed penguin named Ian from her Aunt Alexis, a zoologist in Antarctica. Kaleigh grabs Ian and her sled then heads outside for some winter sliding fun. As they swoop down the hill, suddenly they are transformed into penguins! That’s when the real adventure begins.
Through Kaleigh and Ian we experience life as an Adelie Penguin in Antarctica. They adopt Sammy, an orphan baby penguin. We see what penguin parents must do to protect and nurture their young. We learn about nest building, fishing, feeding, and everyday penguin behavior. This is science at the perfect level for children to relate to and understand.
The words are fun and descriptive. The artwork grabs you and draws you right into the story. This is a splendid “adventure-science” story book that will make a satisfying read aloud. Today I am a Penguin is a solid addition to home and school libraries. Parents, teachers, and children will have a lot to talk about after reading this story. I trust you will enjoy it as much as I did.
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