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Title:
Penguin and Little Blue
Author:
McDonald, Megan.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Summary:
Little Blue escape their promotional tour for Water World and get back to their iceberg home.
General Note:
"A Richard Jackson book."
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.7 0.5 72369.
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ISBN:
9780689844157
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Most of us agree, including penguins, that there is no place like home and there is no business like show business. But for Penguin and Little Blue, home is far, far, far away and they are missing it and all their feathered friends. But how can they escape show business to reach Antarctica?


Author Notes

Megan McDonald was born February 28, 1959, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She grew up in the 1960s the youngest of five girls - which later became the inspiration of the Sister's Club. She attended Oberlin College and received a B.A. in English, then she went on to receive a Library Science degree at Pittsburgh University in 1986. Before becoming a full-time writer, McDonald had a variety of jobs working in libraries, bookstores, museums, and even as a park ranger.She was children's librarian, working at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Minneapolis Public Library and Adams Memorial Library in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. She has received various awards for her storytelling including a Judy Blume Contemporary Fiction Award, a Children's Choice Book award, and a Keystone State Award among others. McDonald has also written many picture books for younger children and continues to write. Her most recent work was the "Julie Albright" series of books for the American public. She currently resides in Sebastopol, California with her husband and pets.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 1. Penguin and his partner, Little Blue, are performers at Water World in San Francisco. After they are told that their show is going on the road, Penguin dreams of going home to Antarctica. Instead, the show winds up in Kansas, where the desire to re-create the icy waters of their homeland gets the performers into trouble with hotel security. In city after city, the penguins try to make themselves at home. They paint their hotel room black and white and order krill (they settle for shrimp), but they still miss Antarctica and their penguin friends. Then one day in Miami they spot a cruise ship and Penguin declares, We've signed our last autograph! We're going home. Tillotson's masterful oil paintings, drenched in cool blues, nicely convey the penguins' massive iceberg homeland as well as the joy of coming home to hundreds of thousands of penguins, all dressed for a party! Use this in conjunction with a science unit on penguins or a study of Antarctica. --Lauren Peterson Copyright 2003 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Filled with fun puns, this penguin tale touts the importance of home and friends. Penguin and his young sidekick, Little Blue, perform daily for packed crowds but Penguin remembers the glories of his former life ("Once he'd been emperor, Antarctica's King of the Ice. Now he flew solo in a tank with four walls at Water World, San Francisco"). The penguins take their show on the road and wind up in Kansas, at the Sunset Inn Hotel. Delightful chaos ensues as they try to re-create the comforts of Antarctica in their hotel room, using air-conditioning, tubfuls of cold water and an ice machine (they order krill and Baked Alaska from room service).Tillotson's (Night Train) full-bleed spreads and spot illustrations vary the pacing and advance the story in varying shades of blue: the artificial pool setting of Water World yields to the purplish-blue of the hotel rooms, and again to the pale blues of Antarctica's ocean and glacier. McDonald (The Sisters Club, reviewed below) subtly interweaves numerous facts into the story: Penguin welcomes Little Blue to his home saying: "All the krill you can eat. Temperature: 128.6 below zero. And this is just the tip of the iceberg!" (and even works in a witty remark in closing, " `There's no place like home,' Penguin said, remembering Kansas"). This satisfying odyssey is sure to entertain. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Penguin and Little Blue perform stunts at a San Francisco water park, miles from Antarctica. They enjoy one another's company, but Penguin misses his many friends, with whom he longs to dive, huddle, and chatter. Their lives change dramatically when a promoter takes their show on the road. They stay in plush hotels all over the country, enjoying the amenities and indulging in room service, until one day Penguin spots a luxury cruise ship bound for his home. He books their passage on the spot, and a week later, the adventure ends with a joyful reunion at the South Pole. Inspired by a "hilarious" press photo of two penguins in a hotel room, McDonald's lighthearted fish-out-of-water tale anthropomorphizes its title characters in some ways, but they remain penguins at heart. Bright, icy blues predominate in Tillotson's oil paintings, which flesh out the comical aspects of the animals' predicament. A cheerful, charming read.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.