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Penelope Anne Cole enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” Ms. Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level, K to 12, and community college. She also reviews children's books. When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club:  Fremont Area Writers, SF Peninsula Writers, and South Bay Writers, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at


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Monday, September 10, 2012

Today I am a Penguin by Melissa Ross

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.

Available from http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com


  1. This book sounds entertaining and educational, what more could anyone want for a children's book. Wonderful review Penelope! Wishing you great success Melissa.

    1. Thanks Susan for commenting. I think this will be a fun book for teachers to use in class and for parents to encourage imagination in kids.

  2. Sounds good. I'm sure lots of kids will enjoy it.

    1. Thanks for your comments, Janet, I hope kids enjoy it as much as I did.

  3. This book sounds awesome!

  4. Thank you, anonymous. Would you like to leave a name?