Their plan – to teach the penguin to fish for them so they need never go hungry again – falters when the penguin escapes their clutches and manages to hide from the cats. Just how does a penguin camouflage itself when surrounded by crowds and traffic in a big city? You’ll have to read the book to find out, but this detail in Hancocks’ story is well observed and wryly funny. Whilst there are plenty of fish in the sea (or indeed, penguins to be found in picture books), this particular
tail tale, illustrated using a sophisticated, earthy palette, and with a slightly retro vibe reminiscent at times of Kevin Waldron’s Mr Peek, is definitely worth catching.
In response to Penguin in Peril the girls decided they wanted to make some penguins. We did this by blowing up black balloons and then making them stand up – easily done by slotting the balloon knot into a slit in cardboard feet.
Once upright, the girls used acrylic paint on the balloons to give them tummies, eyes and beaks.
A simple but effective activity, which I’ve used very well in large groups at school: kids really LOVE using balloon pumps themselves, and instead of paint we glued on white felt for tummies, googly eyes, and orange cardboard beaks (so that the penguins could be taken home without having to wait for any paint to dry).
Whilst making our penguins we listened to:
Other activities which would work well alongside reading Penguin in Peril include:
There are a lot of great penguin books out there: Do take a look at the other penguin themed books we’ve enjoyed in the past including 365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental and Joelle Jolivet, Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon, Ping and Pong are best Friends (Mostly) by Tim Hopgood and Penguin by Polly Dunbar. What other penguin themed books do you have a particular fondness for?
Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher. I was under no obligation to review the book and received no payment for this post.