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Penguin and Pinecone

Penguin and Pinecone

About the Book

Author: Salina Yoon

Age Range: 0-2 Years 3-5 Years 5-7 Years

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Price: £5.99, paperback


With this, her latest title, the talented and prolific author and illustrator Salina Yoon has created an endearing character whom children are sure to take to their hearts. Penguin is an earnest little fellow, who always wants to do the right thing, so when he realises that his new friend, Pinecone, can’t thrive in the cold, he reluctantly packs up his sledge and takes him back to the warm forest where he belongs. But distance doesn’t diminish the strength of the pair’s feelings for each other, and as Pinecone grows and grows, so does the love he and Penguin share. In someone else’s hands, this tale of friendship between a flightless seabird and an animate strobile could be unbearably twee, but Yoon deftly avoids sticky sentimentality with bold, bright illustrations accompanying a strong and simple narrative that’s a joy to read aloud.

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