Little Penguins by Cynthia Rylant could have been titled almost anything - Little Foxes, Little Rabbits, Little Children, and, with illustrations by Christian Robinson, been every bit as enjoyable, entertaining and charming. However, it's hard to argue with the perfect pairing of penguins and snow. Rylant's text is meditative and repetitive, and cozy, ideal for lulling little listeners to sleep. Little Penguins begins with one little penguin peering out the window and the question, "Snowflakes?"
Many snowflakes, winter is coming! Five little penguins need many mittens, many socks and many boots before heading out the door of their igloo. But one little penguin stays behind. The four sled, play and sink in the deep snow. But where's mama? Never fear, Mama and the littlest penguin arrive to lead the four home. Once in the door, with the scarves, mittens, socks and boots off, it's time for "Warm cookies, please? And sippies."
Little Penguins ends with all five tucked into bed, "Wrap up tight. Watch the night. Winter is here." As always, Christian Robinson's illustrations are completely compelling. Colorfully blocky and, with torn paper for snow, evocative of the collage illustrations of Lois Ehlert, Robinson's style seems to be deepening and expanding. I can't wait to see what he turns his talents to next!
Source: Review Copy