Written by: Tracey Corderoy
Illustrated by: Gavin Scott
Published by: Little Tiger Press This edition 2012. First published 2011 in UK.
Ages: 3 – 6 years
Theme: Loss, comfort, found
Opening Lines: Three little roly-poly penguins were having their afternoon snack. Percy and Posy were eating up nicely. But Plip was too busy playing with his favourite toy.
Synopsis: When Plip the penguin loses his favourite toy, it seems like the end of the world! As the sky grows dark, Plip runs off to find it, all on his own. What will become of poor little Plip, out in the snowy storm?
Why I like this: Once again Tracey writes the kind of story that touches the heart. Sweet, simple theme, with characters with real attitudes. I read this a few times, out loud and found it such fun with playful words such as Plip’s lost “sockybug.” I loved how Plip is shown not only to be sweet and playful, but to be a gutsy, and fearless, determined to find his lost toy. Not to mention the surprise twist at the end. The cover is just so gorgeous a ‘pick me up and hug me’ illustration, you could not walk past. Don’t you think? Gavin’s gorgeous illustrations throughout are large, simple and fun, complimenting the text. Even his near centre big spread of just the head of Plip with his eyes closed as he cries out three words, tells us how he feels, the heart in the mouth aww moment. You just want to cuddle him. (Again I am reminded of my dear friend Julie Rowan-Zoch’s whispy gorgeous illustrations.) Adults right down to the littlest kid is gonna love this one. I thought of this one for my dear writing buddies in the northern hemisphere suffering through their winter.
Resources/Findings: some facts on penguins for kids…. http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/animals/penguin.html http://www.theanimalfiles.com/birds/penguins/little_penguin.html
A great thing to do with kids is visit a local zoo. Kids learn so much about the animals, feeding them, watching them play. See our local zoo here… http://www.aucklandzoo.co.nz/sites/explore-the-zoo/Birds/little-penguin
Here is a way to teach kids to draw a cute cartoon penguin… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev9BfgsziIo
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