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|Penguin's Christmas wish|
Author: Yoon, Salina
Penguin can't wait to celebrate Christmas with his family and friends. But when things don't go exactly as planned, Penguin learns to find holiday magic in the most unexpected places.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.20
Points: .5 Quiz: 189371
Kirkus Reviews (09/01/16)
School Library Journal (10/01/16)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/15/2016 Yoon’s consummate hero Penguin returns in this story on the importance of Christmas cheer. It’s Christmas Eve, and Penguin’s friend Pumpkin is lamenting their lack of a real Christmas tree. There may be no evergreens at home, but Penguin knows what to do. He and his crew pack up their Christmas presents and decorations and leave home to find Pinecone (first seen in Penguin and Pinecone, 2012), who has grown into a beautiful evergreen. With the decorations and presents on display, the penguins settle down to sleep, dreaming of their Christmas wishes. But disaster strikes when a late-night storm pulls a full-on Grinch, blowing away all the decorations and presents, and it’s up to Penguin to make sure the spirit of Christmas stays strong, even without all its trappings. Yoon’s digital illustrations of Penguin and his pals are as heartwarming as ever, and this is as nondenominational as a Christmas story can get. Penguin’s good-hearted earnestness has won him plenty of admirers, and this holiday tale won’t turn them away. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 10/01/2016 PreS-Gr 2—In the title character's sixth adventure, he leads his family from their icy home to the heart of the forest, where Pinecone (introduced in the first book) has grown into a tall tree—perfect for Christmas adornments. After a pleasant trimming party, all go to sleep with heads full of wishes. But during the night, a blizzard wreaks havoc. In the morning, not only are all the decorations gone but so are the presents. Grandpa reminds everyone that the true joy of Christmas is being with loved ones, but Penguin goes off into the snow and returns with creative gifts to fulfill each wish but his own. His wish had been to share Christmas with the whole forest. As the sun melts the snow, the ornaments are discovered on the surrounding trees. Old and new friends gather at nightfall to see the beautiful array, making Penguin's wish come true after all. VERDICT The noncommercial message and charmingly illustrated characters will surely delight fans of this picture book series.—Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.