My penguin Osbert
Each year at Christmas, Joe writes a letter to Santa. But they've had a few misunderstandings in the past. Last year, for example, Joe wanted a fire-engine-red racecar with retracting headlights, and he did get one — but it was only three inches long. So this year Joe is really, really careful. He describes exactly...more
By far one of my all-time favorite children's Christmas books! While I pack most Christmas books away after the holidays, this book stays out to enjoy all year long. It provides great insight into the life of a little boy, Joe, who wants a real penguin for Christmas. Santa has blundered Joe's requests in the past, so he wants to make sure Santa gets it right this year. Joe learns the hard way that having a real penguin is quite the chore. So next year, he'll settle for a helicopter instead!
Questions: What do we know about penguins? Have you ever wished for a present that wasn't what you thought it'd be?
Color bookmarks from: http://www.makinglearningfun.com/them.... Students can list the books they read over break on the back.
Silly penguin video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-pDuB....
A Mother's Journey
A Penguin Story
And Tango Makes Three
Antarctic Antics: a Book of Penguin Poems
Joe has been displeased with some of the gifts that Santa has left him in the past, so he is very specific in his letter this year. He wants a real live penguin from Antarctica.
Santa, being the wonderful fellow that he is, comes through! The question is: Is having a penguin all that it is cracked up to be?
And that Osbert? How adorable is he??? Really great pictures, too. Terrific book for reading to your kids at Christmas time. Just terrific.
Used for "World Traveler's Club: Antarctica" Storytime-June, 2010 and
"Penguin Party" Storytime-July, 2010.
The illustrations are watercolor, pastel and digital rendering.