For his penultimate post for 2020, Caramel chose to review a neat picture book about penguins learning about marshmallows (and sharing) called The Trouble with Penguins, written and illustrated by Rebecca Jordan-Glum. As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, what do you want to tell us about this book?
Caramel: It is a cute book about penguins. They apparently have some troubles. But I think penguins are perfectly fine.
S: I think the author uses the phrase “the trouble with penguins” a couple times. Can you find those in the book?
C: “You see the trouble with penguins is that they don’t always like to share.” And then there is this one: “Everyone knows that the trouble with penguins is that they aren’t very good at admitting when they are wrong.”
S: Hmm. Those troubles sound very familiar to me. I know some little bunnies who don’t always like to share…
C: I have no idea what you’re talking about.
S: Hmm, and I know some little bunnies who don’t always like to admit when they are wrong.
C: I still don’t know what you’re talking about.
S: Hmm, then let us say that it is quite challenging sometimes to admit when one makes a mistake. Isn’t that true?
C: I don’t know.
S: Well, sometimes I have trouble admitting when I am wrong.
C: I don’t.
S: Well, sometimes it does take a while, but eventually you do realize that you made a mistake and try to figure things out. Which is not a bad thing at all. But in these kinds of ways, these penguins seem like typical little bunnies to me.
C: Yes I guess so. And they love marshmallows! I love them too! Maybe we can have some with hot chocolate tonight?
S: That sounds good to me!
S: Okay, back to the book. What happens to the penguins in the book?
C: One of these little penguins learns how to roast marshmallows over a campfire, and teaches all his friends. But in the Antarctic ice, it is probably not a very good idea to have campfires because there isn’t any wood to use! And they all want their own sticks and their own fires and so on.
S: Yes, so then they get into some troubles, right?
C: Yes. But they eventually figure things out.
S: Yes, that’s right. It is a really sweet story. What three words would you use to describe it Caramel?
C: Warm, and fuzzy, and cute.
S: Those are good descriptors for this book Caramel! Reading the book made me want to have that hot chocolate with you!
C: That’s good because I’ve been ready for that hot chocolate, since yesterday.
S: Okay, maybe after dinner. But first we need to wrap up this review. What do you want to tell our readers Caramel?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny adventures!
3 thoughts on “Caramel reviews The Trouble with Penguins by Rebecca Jordan-Glum”
Cute story. Penguins are funny birds. Always ready to go to a formal party. 😀
But after reading this review I was left with a sudden hankering for some hot cocoa.
Wishing Caramel and his bunny family a Merry Christmas.
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Even humans don’t always like to share, but the penguin story is good for the season, for people that like penguins.
In Japan, some people have been known to keep penguins as pets. They are so cute!
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