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Tina and the penguin
Dyer, Heather, 1970-
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Publication Information:
Toronto : Kids Can Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
30 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
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Edited by Debbie Rogosin.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.3 0.5 61297.
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Have you ever thought about bringing home a stray cat or dog? What about a penguin? When Tina meets a penguin who's tired of living in the zoo, she decides to help him escape! With quick thinking and a clever disguise, Tina sneaks her newfound friend home. But it doesn't take long for her to realize that a penguin is a very peculiar pet -- and that's just the tip of the iceberg!

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K^-Gr. 2. On a field trip to the zoo, young Tina discovers a penguin who is trying to escape. Tina has always wanted a pet, and she devises a plan to keep the penguin at home. But hiding a penguin from her parents is tougher than she had thought, especially when it means keeping the window open on a frigid night and bathing in freezing bath water. When the penguin begins to molt, Tina realizes that she might have taken on more than she can handle. Things do work out for the penguin, however; he disappears, finds his way back to the South Pole, and finally shows up, clad in Tina's hat, on a television program about Antarctica. Dyer tells a simple, leisurely story that speeds along thanks to plenty of humor, and Levert extends the silly scenarios in bright, gouache-and-watercolor illustrations. Suitable for individual sharing or storytime, this story will have children giggling over the endearing Tina and her stowaway pal. --Helen Rosenberg

Publisher's Weekly Review

Levert's (the Molly Bear series) sly illustrations provide much of the humor in first-timer Dyer's story of a girl who harbors a runaway penguin for a couple of nerve-wracking days. On Tina's class trip to the zoo, a penguin throws himself at her feet. She smuggles him out dressed in her coat and her pink beret. Levert's gouache illustration shows Tina on the bus talking to her girlfriend, oblivious both to ugly plastic insects held out by marauding boys and to the penguin, mute and goggle-eyed beside them. Tina spends the rest of her time trying to make the penguin comfortable in her room while evading her mother's questions about the new "stuffed toy" on her bed ("Oh, that penguin. I got him at the zoo"). She feeds him sardines and sleeps with the window open, but when she finds him standing in the refrigerator and has to pick his feathers out of the jam, she admits, "I don't think this is working out." The next morning, the penguin disappears. However, a television special about Antarctica gives her a glimpse of a penguin in a pink beret. The tale doesn't provide all the satisfactions of typical alien-hidden-in-the-bedroom stories; Tina never has much fun with her penguin nor does she get a chance to display much heroism once she helps him flee from the zoo. But Levert's whimsical illustrations make up the deficit. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-When a penguin follows Tina after a class trip to the zoo, she dresses him in her pink coat and beret and takes him home on the bus. The expected difficulties of keeping him a secret ensue, but ultimately the bird finds a way to get back to Antarctica. The watercolor-and-gouache illustrations colorfully capture the action, showing Tina as she tries to accommodate her guest, and careful inspection reveals whimsical touches such as the boys on the school bus who hold out tiny creatures meant to frighten the child and her friend. Though the subject has broad appeal, this wordy story plugs along and is not as successful as Helen Lester's Tacky the Penguin (1988) and its sequels or Margret and H. A. Rey's Whiteblack the Penguin Sees the World (2000, both Houghton).-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.