Synopsis from HarperCollins:
In this simple, rhyming picture book, the youngest readers will learn about penguins. This is the perfect read-aloud for teachers and parents to share with young children as they imagine what life as a penguin is like!
The short text by Florence Minor pairs perfectly with the gorgeous, detailed illustrations by acclaimed illustrator Wendell Minor. Fun facts about penguins are featured at the back of the book.
As Booklist said, “Whether it’s the comical waddle, the formal appearance of their plumage, or their well-documented devotion to their young, penguins hold an unending appeal for young children.” Their review called If You Were a Penguin “dazzling,” “vibrant,” and “breathtaking”!
About: If You Were a Penguin is a children’s picture book written by Florence Minor and illustrated by Wendell Minor. It was published on 12/23/2008 by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, hardcover, 32 pages. The genres are nature, animals, birds, and nonfiction. This book is intended for readers ages 4 to 8, grades P to 2. According to the publisher’s website, “Katherine Tegen Books publishes high-quality, commercial literature for children of all ages, including teens.” Please see below for more information about the author and illustrator.
My Experience: I started reading If You Were a Penguin for my daughter on 11/22/2019 and finished it in one sitting. This book is fantastic! I have my 8 year old son read it on his own as well. The Penguin illustrations are super cute. The story started with a question, “If you were a penguin, what could you do?” And then the story lists out on each page what the penguin can do that could be similar to what readers can do. My daughter and I love the sharp colors because my daughter is now 4 months old and she’s at the stage to learn to recognize primary colors. I love the fun facts about penguin at the end of the book! If You Were a Penguin is very well written and beautifully illustrated. I highly recommend this book to everyone!
Pro: fun facts, illustrations, story, sharp colors
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author & Illustrator:
Florence Minor is the author of Christmas Tree!, illustrated by Wendell Minor, which Kirkus Reviews praised for its “imaginative Christmas trees and poetic, rhyming text.” If You Were a Penguin, her second collaboration with Wendell, was selected by Pennsylvania for its “One Book, Every Young Child” early literacy program. If You Were a Panda Bear is her third picture book for children.
Wendell Minor is the illustrator of more than fifty award-winning picture books for children, including Mojave by Diane Siebert, Abe Lincoln Remembers by Ann Turner, The Seashore Book by Charlotte Zolotow, and the New York Times bestseller Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin, as well as numerous books about the outdoors with his frequent collaborator, Jean Craighead George, including their classic Everglades.
The Minors live in Connecticut, where they share their home and studio with their cats, Sofie and Cindercat. (Photo and info obtained from the publisher’s website).
Wendell Minor has illustrated numerous award-winning picture books, including Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin, Galapagos George by Jean Craighead George, and If You Were a Panda Bear by his wife, Florence Minor. Mr. Minor’s art has been exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum, among other prestigious institutions throughout the country. He lives in rural Connecticut with Florence and their two cats. (Photo and info obtained from the publisher’s website).
***Disclaimer: I won a Twitter giveaway hosted by the author. Many thanks to Florence Minor for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.