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. Volume IX Number 3. . . . October 4, 2002
Following a trip to the zoo with her class, Tina finds herself the host to an unusual guest - a penguin. After sneaking him out of the zoo in her coat and pink beret, she has to find some way to make him comfortable in her house while not tipping off her parents. Consequently, to keep the house cool enough for her guest, Tina sleeps with the window open and wears her woolen socks to keep herself warm.
After finding her penguin in the refrigerator when she gets home from school, Tina tries to keep her friend cool by giving them both a bath. For the penguin's sake, this means keeping the water freezing cold and adding ice cubes. Her penguin is so happy splashing that Tina's mother comes to the door to ask if she is all right. "Fine!" yelled Tina. "I don't think this is working out," Tina says that evening to her penguin as she falls asleep with her teeth chattering. The penguin stares wistfully out the window. When Tina awakes, the penguin has gone. All that remains are a few feathers blowing acress the carpet from the draft of the open window. Questions reveal that a police officer saw a little guy in a pink beret hitching out of town.
This is Heather Dyer's first picture book. Her clever text is paired with the stylish illustrations of award-winning illustrator Mireille Levert, and this pairing results in a fabulous combination. Levert's bright illustrations in watercolour and gouache take the story further with loads of details that will charm readers.
A terrific story about friendship and helping others that would be perfect for one-to-one or class story time.
Greenaway is a former bookseller who is currently at home in Edmonton,
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