Penguin and PumpkinTitle: Penguin and Pumpkin
Author/Illustrator: Salina Yoon
ISBN: 9780802737335
Pages: unpaged
Publisher/Date: Walker Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Inc., c2014.

It was fall, and very white on the ice, as always—which made Penguin curious.
“I wonder what fall looks like off the ice.”
“Let’s go to the farm and find out!”

Penguin, Bootsy, and a posse of penguins set off on an ice flow to the farm to see what fall looks like. They pick pumpkins and Penguin gathers leaves to take home and share with his younger brother, who was too young to make the journey with them. A heartwarming story that is filled with sweet details in the bright and uncluttered digital illustrations. The penguins’ ice ship melts as they approach warmer weather, so they hollow out a pumpkin and use that as a boat on the way back! Each penguin, who can be told apart by their different accessories like glasses, hats and scarves, has a uniquely shaped pumpkin subtly proving there really isn’t one perfect pumpkin. Going slightly astray when showing Pumpkin’s imaginings when left behind, the pictures are still thematic, and don’t detract from the overall journey or goal of bringing fall to the ice. My first exposure to Yoon’s penguin series, I’ll be taking a peak at the rest of the series for future story time use.

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