Today Caramel wanted to share with the Book Bunnies Blog readers an old favorite: Penguin Pete by Marcus Pfister. As always, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, tell us about this book.
Caramel: This is a good book if you like penguins and if you want to fly.
S: Hmm, that sounds kind of strange. What do you mean?
C: Well, it is about a little penguin named Penguin Pete, who wants to fly.
S: But we know penguins cannot fly. So Pete is bound for disappointment.
C: Yes. But then he learns to swim and that is fun, too. So he is not disappointed anymore.
S: That is sweet.
C: Yes, this is a really good book. If I was Marshmallow, I’d rate it 100%.
S: Hmm, what do you like about it?
C: I like that he wants to fly but he never gets to.
S: That sounds sad though.
S: I didn’t know you liked sad stories.
C: Well, I don’t, but it’s not sad in the end. He does get happy. And he is funny, too. He is ice skating. With his bare feet! Oh, I think it is actually called “flipper skating”.
S: Yes, Penguin Pete is cute.
C: Oh, and then Pete makes a friend, a little bird. But then the little friend has to leave.
S: Well, that sounds sad, too. Penguin Pete is even crying on that page.
C: Yes, but I still like the book. And his bird friend will come back next year.
S: Why did you pick this book for today?
C: I like penguins. All our family likes them. Right?
S: I think that is true. Between the two of you, you have already reviewed so many books about penguins! What else do you want to tell us about this book? What do you think this book is really about?
C: I think it is about friendship. And stubbornness.
S: How so?
C: Because Penguin Pete doesn’t give up trying to fly until he finds out that penguins can’t really fly.
S: So is his stubbornness useless then?
C: Yes, I guess so. Or maybe not. Because being stubborn is how he learns how to swim. And how he becomes friends with Steve the bird.
S: I know you like reading about friendships. You have already reviewed The Missing Piece Meets the Big O by Shel Silverstein, Penguin and Pinecone: A Friendship Story by Salina Yoon, and Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld. How do you think this book compares with those other ones? Do you have a favorite among these?
C: No. I like them all.
S: I agree. They are all very sweet stories. Each in its own special way. I guess this is a good enough time to wrap things up.
S: So what do you want to say Caramel?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunnies adventures!