Penguin by Polly Dunbar

Hello and welcome to the first in my new series for ‘The Bookshelf’. It will be filled with quick reviews and a simple follow up activity you might like to try with your little people. Hope you enjoy!

A personal favourite of mine, whigh has spent some time on the ‘every night’ list for Squidge and Daddy likes because it’s nice and short! Penguin is a brilliant book. It is all about a little boy, Ben, who tries everything to get his toy Penguin to talk to him. He gets more annoyed as his attempts fail until along comes a lion and gobbles him up for being too noisy. Penguin steps up and saves the day. There’s a nice opportunity to shout on one page – which can gaurantee a laugh from Squidge.

The illustrations in this book are simple and delightful. There’s enough within the picture to introduce talking points with your little one. How do you think Ben feels here? (pointing to his face) Why might he feel that way? 

I recommend this as a class story for anyone with a particularly shy or elective mute child in their class. It is a great way of indirectly talking about how someone will talk when they are ready to, no tricks or attempts to force them will work!

Squidge says: ‘It’s really, really funny when he does the dancing and this (raspberry blowing)”

Suitability: Ages 3-8 years

Length: 5-7 minutes

Related topics: Shyness, bravery, friendship, feelings

Published by Walker Books

ISBN 978 1 4063 1246 1

Happy reading!

Love Cat, Squidge and Boo xxx

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Penguin Activity

Aa a follow-up activity for Penguin we did a simple sticking activity. I pre-cut pieces to make up 3 penguins, each one a different size. Three bodies, three white bellies, three pairs of eyes and three beaks. Having three different sizes meant Squidge had to complete some simple size ordering. Using PVA glue and a paint brush meant we also got some fine motor in there.

I did set one up for Boo, but she wasn’t really interested – she’s still a bit little. Once Squidge had finished sticking her Penguins together, we got out some white paint and she used a finger to splot on lots of falling snow.

This activity took around 5-10 minutes to set up and 35 minutes for Squidge to complete (she was incredibly thorough with her gluing!).

I really like the lettering for the title of Penguin, another activity you could try  with this idea would be to collage the letters of their name with lots of different medias.

Have you read this one? Will you give our Penguin activity a try? Let us know in the comments below 🙂 C, S & B xxx

If you enjoyed this post check out this activity inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar 🙂

This post has been linked up with #KLTR, a great linky where you can find lots of other posts which encourage children to read

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  • Claire (February 1, 2017)

    This sounds a lovely book and I love your penguin craft. I’ve shared my favorite winter children’s books today. Like you I want to post abut children’s books more regularly.

    • Cat (February 1, 2017)

      Thanks for having a read Claire! I’ll come and have a look at your post 🙂 x

  • Gemma | Two Little Misters (February 1, 2017)

    This is such a great idea! I love the sound of the book and especially Squidgy’s own review of it! The craft is absolutely gorgeous, very effective and not too much preparation required! I want to make my own paper penguins now!

    • Cat (February 2, 2017)

      Thank you Gemma! I’m going to try keep up with getting Squidge to tell me what she thinks. xx

  • Rosie @ Little Fish (February 27, 2017)

    What a fab idea for a series! I haven’t read this book, but must find it, it looks lovely. I love the craft idea too – so sweet!
    Visiting from #KLTR xxx

  • Laura's Lovely Blog (March 15, 2017)

    My son used to really like this too, you have reminded me I need to search it out and read it to my daughter too. Thanks for linking up to #kltr

  • Angela Milnes (March 16, 2017)

    Great idea to incorporate a craft after reading a book. thanks for linking up to #KLTR.


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