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Without you
Weeks, Sarah.
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Publication Information:
New York : Laura Geringer Book, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book (1 volumes unpaged : color illustrations ; 26 x 21 cm).
A young penguin and his father receive comfort from each other as they wait for the mother penguin to return from her diving.
General Note:
Compact disc.

Title from disc surface.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 74823.
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Format :
Audiobook on CD


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COMPDISC KIT 44 Juvenile Media Kit Media Kits
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books

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Where would I be,
what would I do,
without you?

So sings a newborn penguin in this tender tribute to dads the world over. While a mother penguin leaves her mate and newly laid egg to go and feed in the deep blue sea, the father penguin protects the egg by holding it on his feet until it hatches. Father and chick huddle together, braving the Antarctic winter as they wait for the mother's return.

Containing a free CD with a song written and sung by Sarah Weeks, Without You is a soothing narrative ballad that illuminates one of nature's rare and heartwarming role reversals and celebrates the special bond between father and child.

Author Notes

Sarah weeks was born March 18, 1955 in Ann Arbor Michigan. She received her BA from Hampshire College and her MFA from New York University. Sarah is the author of numerous best-selling children's books including Glamourpuss, Woof!: A Love Story, Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth, If I Were a Lion, the hilarious Mrs. McNosh series, and many more.

Sarah's book, So B. It, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-An illustrated song about a baby emperor penguin who waits with his father while his mother hunts for food. This story is told from the chick's point of view, and describes his total dependence on Dad: the refrain is, "Where would I be,/What would I do,/-Without you?" A preface offers information about the behavior and habits of these beautiful birds. While the sweet lyrics are not great poetry ("I feel a little funny inside./My mamma's far away"), they may work better when sung rather than spoken (a "free CD" comes with the book).The lovely paintings, done in soft blues, greens, and violets touched with silver, show an icy place that can go from fierce to cozy to peaceful. It's refreshing to see a "this is how much I love you" book with a father instead of a mother, and also refreshing to see an active mother and a "mothering" father. Overall, though, both pictures and text lack originality.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.