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“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
Summary: Remember Opus and Bill The Cat? Opus, the Penguin, wants nothing more for Christmas than to be able to fly. Instead, his ability to fly through water helps save Santa and Christmas. This is a book with a storyline that emphasizes how everyone has something to contribute.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 and Up
Interest Level: 4 to 9
Reading Level: 3.8
Age of Child: Read to kids ages 3 and 6 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler now first grader has enjoyed it very much; s/he thinks the penguin is funny and is glad to see the penguin helped Santa.
Adult Reader Reaction: Would you believe, his class had a day when they had to dress up as their favorite book character, and he chose Opus? Enough said.
Pros: The artwork is outstanding; it is well written, with a story line that shows everyone has something to contribute. A terrific Christmas book, but it can be read anytime.
Cons: If you remember Bloom County, you'll pick up on a lot. Your children, however, may need some backstory about who this penguin is, and especially the fact that penguins, despite being birds, are flightless.
Borrow or Buy: Buy buy buy buy buy. And then buy it for your friends. They will love you.