Penelope Parker lives with penguins! Short ones, tall ones; young and old—the penguins are from all over the Southern Hemisphere including some that live near the equator! Do the penguin antics prove too much for her to handle? Children count and then compare and contrast the different penguin species as they learn geography.
Written by Carol A. Cole Illustrated by Sherry Rogers
32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 4-9, Grades PK-3 Lexile: AD 770, AR: 3.1, RC: P, F&P: K
Keywords: penguins, different species, counting, math, life science, map, measuring, compare/contrast, bird
Animals in the book: penguin, Gallapagos, Adelie, African, chinstrap, emporer, king, little blue, macaroni, royal, rockhopper, polar
Vetters: Thanks to Jean Pennycook, Penguin Education Specialist at Penguin Science; Heather Urquhart, Penguin Exhibit and Collection Manager and Erin Graichen, Education Programs Assistant at the New England Aquarium; and Tricia LeBlanc, Director of Education & Volunteers, at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas for reviewing the For Creative Minds section for accuracy.
"This marvelously creative book will help young readers learn about different types of penguins around the world when they arrive on Penelope Parker's doorstep."
- Feathered Quill Book Reviews
"This book serves as a simple counting book and an introduction to 10 species. A four-page activity section includes illustrations of the penguins with brief descriptions of physical characteristics; a world map; and a height chart. Acknowledging the far-fetched nature of this whimsical story, the author states that “it isn’t possible for individuals to have penguins as pets” and encourages readers to adopt a species with a donation to a zoo or conservation program." Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI School Library Journal
Carol A. Cole has worked with young children in schools for about 30 years as a pediatric physical therapist. Carol started writing “scripts” for a favorite TV show when she was ten years old and hasn't stopped writing since. She’s the author of numerous articles and short stories found online and in anthologies. This is her debut picture book. Carol based this story on one of the teachers with whom she works—the original Penguin Lady. Penguin mouse pads, puzzles, wall decorations, and inflatable penguins fill the Penguin Lady’s classroom, leading Carol to wonder what would happen should real penguins move in. Carol and her family live in Northern Virginia. Visit Carol's website at www.carolacole.com.