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Author: Antoinette Portis

Illustrator: Antoinette Portis

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: Galley

Summary: Edna is a penguin who sees her world as limited. She wants to look for something that's not black, white, and blue. So she decides to go look for it. As soon as she finds it, she rushes to share her discovery with her friends and family. Fresh from her adventure, she wants to know what else is out there. This simply illustrated story follows a penguin as she tries to learn new things.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 1.2

Age of Child: Read by 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: "This was cool, Mom." Our daughter enjoyed this story and we were pleased that she could describe the events after she read it.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a well-illustrated, well told story. We loved that our first grader could read it, but would have enjoyed sharing it with her as a preschooler, too. The author/illustrator has done a beautiful job layering the story for different ages. On the surface this looks like a book about finding other colors, but it is much more. It's about curiosity and exploring your world. I hope there is a sequel.

Pros: Everyone can enjoy this story about a curious penguin. You can use this as a wordless story, a book for object identification, or as an easy reader for kids learning to read.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that will be fun to read and explore for several years. Simple illustrations, bright colors, and just-right text will appeal to kids in different ways at different ages.

If You Liked This Book, Try: JUST IMAGINE   WHAT IF THERE WERE NO COLORS?   BARRINGTON BEAR VISITS THE EMPEROR -The Emperor Penguin That Is (Travels with Barrington Bear Series)

Educational Themes: This is a book that you can easily use as a wordless story, letting your child create the events and narrative in his own way. Use the illustrations for object identification and contrasts (colors in general, black and white, people and animals, etc.). Edna is curious about the world, and her friends offer support, not criticism.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 1.2

The Reading Tub,Inc read a pre-release version of this story.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, friendship, colors

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2008

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