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Book - 2010
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Even though the penguin and the boy are close friends and do many things together, the penguin decides that he wants to fly and he wants to do it on his own.
Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, 2010.
ISBN: 9780399255458
Branch Call Number: E
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 28 cm.


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kobrien3 Mar 04, 2019

A super sweet story about friendship, this lovely picture book has a penguin protagonist who just wants to fly, and a boy who wants to help his friend any way he can.

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

The penguin dreams of being able to fly in this sequel to Lost and Found.

Jul 19, 2015

A concise, enjoyable story about a penguin who wants to fly. But friendship ends up being the most important thing!

My 3-year-old followed the emotions of the book, feeling sad along with the characters, then happy. He likes being able to understand the entire story just by the art (a good thing when you can't read).

And the art is absolutely gorgeous!

BklynKalliopiM Mar 05, 2015

Oliver Jeffers beautifully illustrated story of two friends: one boy, one penguin. Stories of the penguin's unrequited desire to fly are fairly common in children's media, but this one is incredibly sweet and delicately illustrated with gentle humor throughout. Ideal for ages 4-7.

Dec 25, 2014

A boy and a penguin are best friends. They do everything together. Penguin decides one day that he wants to fly. But he wants to figure it out himself without help. He tries to fly without success. Penguin sees an advertisement looking for a living cannon ball. He leaves without saying goodbye to his friend to become a living cannon ball and to fly. He begins to miss his friend though and the boy misses him. Penguin gets into the cannon ball and flies just as the boy finally finds him and is able to catch Penguin. Penguin realizes why he is unable to fly and goes home.

The illustrations are colorful and of a different than usual style. The story is a bit abstract in places such as when it says, "In his excitement, he rushed off without a word." But the illustration is of the boy talking about penguin with an owl. And there is a bit of lack of realism--the boy getting to the circus by himself and the boy catching the penguin after it is shot out of the cannon. But overall it is a nice story about friends.

Even though it is advertized for ages 3-7, I would recommend this as most suitable for ages 5-7.

Oct 17, 2011

A warm story for friendship. God for all age kids older than 2.


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Jul 19, 2015

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