Wednesday, January 18, 2012

the ideal pet

Penguins are quite the coveted pet, at least in children's literature. And, if there was such a thing as a domesticated penguin, who wouldn't want one of these fashionable, fun creatures? Lower the room temp and make a bed in the freezer, and that's all there is to it, right? Just ask the experience of Joe and Osbert in My Penguin Osbert. Or, compare notes with the French family who is sent a new penguin every day for a year in 365 Penguins; or, the father (or better yet, ask his family) who acquires 12 penguins in the classic Mr. Popper's Penguins. Okay, maybe taking care of a penguin is a little more of an adjustment -- unless you are Elliot, the son of a science nerd. 
In One Cool Friend, Elliot asks his father if he could buy a penguin at the aquarium. The answer is "yes." But, the question is, does his father realize he means a real penguin? Elliot certainly forms a quick friendship with Magellan and is knowledgeable on caring for him. They are quite the snazzy dressers, too. This is a great, funny picturebook to add to your winter library. (ages 2-7)

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