Caramel is already reading some chapter books, but he still loves picture books (even though last week he just reviewed a book that has no pictures!) This week he reviews one of his favorites: Penguin and Pinecone: A Friendship Story by Salina Yoon. Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions as usual.
Sprinkles: Caramel, what do you want to tell us about this book?
Caramel: It’s a friendship story and I really like it.
S: What is it about exactly?
C: There is a penguin who finds a pinecone, and asks his grandpa what is wrong with him. His grandpa says it’s too cold for the pinecone.
“It’s too cold here,” said Grandpa. “Pinecone belongs in the forest far, far away. He can’t grow big and strong on the ice.”
So then Penguin takes the pinecone to the forest. He sets off on a journey.
S: That sounds sophisticated Caramel! And very funny. You like to use such phrases! Ok, then what happens?
C: He leaves the pinecone in a special place in the forest, on a bed he makes.
Penguin made a cozy nest out of the softest pine needles he could find.
S: So where is the friendship?
C: At the beginning of the story where Penguin finds Pinecone, they become friends. They play together, so much!
S: He even knits a scarf for the pinecone, doesn’t he?
C: Yes. I’m going to look at that page again. Hmm, that’s cool! Penguin knits an orange scarf for Pinecone. He has an orange scarf himself.
S: So now both friends have matching scarves, that’s cool! Do you ever wear matching things with friends?
C: Let me think. Sometimes I wear matching things with Marshmallow!
S: That’s right! Ok, let’s get back to the book. So Penguin takes Pinecone to the forest but then the forest is too hot for him. So he has to go back home, right?
C: Yeah. But then he misses Pinecone. And then he goes back to find him.
S: Does he find him?
C: Yup, but I won’t tell you the big awesome surprise! At least a surprise for Penguin!
S: Yes, that part is really neat. I wonder if our readers can guess what happens in the end… But we can probably give away the main moral of the story, right? It’s all the way at the end…
S: So what is the moral Caramel?
C: Ok, I will read it:
When you give love … it grows.
S: That is a sweet idea, isn’t it?
C: It is a sweet story! Actually it’s an awesome story!
S: I know. You have read it several times already, no?
C: I have no idea how many times I have read it really.
S: So you recommend this book?
C: If I were Marshmallow I’d give it 100%!