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Where Is Home, Little Pip?

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  304 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
For Little Pip, the baby penguin, home is a pebbly nest on the cold Antartic shore. Mama and Papa always reminds Pip not to wander far, and she never does...until one day a black, glittery feather leads Pip on a chase far, far from home. As she tries to find her way back to her parents, Pip encounters some friendly animals, a mighty blue whale, a gull, and even a sled dog. ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 23rd 2008 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Krista Lineweaver
Apr 13, 2012 Krista Lineweaver rated it it was amazing
I loved the book, Where is Home, Little Pip? by Karma Wilson. This picturebook is best to be read to the nursery age children but could be read by children 5-8. All of these children would enjoy it and learn something from it! The story is about Pip, the little penguin, who gets lost. While pip tries finding her way home, she meets a whale, a kelp gull, and sled dogs. She asks each of them where home is and they describe their home. Pip gets sad and starts singing her song about home, that's whe ...more
Dec 16, 2014 Vivian rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
There are lot's of opportunities to engage children with actions with this story.

"Whooosh....whiiiish....wheeeee" -- (roll arms!)
"Don't wander far" -- (shake finger in a warning way)
"Our home is where the land is free..." -- (sing to tune "Boom boom ain't it great to be Crazy")
"One day pip saw a feather" -- (have children blow on an upheld hand as if it were the feather)
"Flap, flap, flap" -- (flap hands in small motions)
"Got you!" -- (clap hands)
"Where is home" -- (shield eyes while looking one
Where Is Home, Little Pip? (Hardcover) is a nice book to read during an Antarctic or penguin-type theme at school. It introduces the reader to various other Antarctic animals (though dogs are no longer brought to Antarctica; the book could be set in the past, but it may be worth it to share that with any kids you read this to) in an approachable, sweet way.

Little Pip, a little penguin, ends up separated from his family and talks to various other animals to ask them where home is. They answer th
Sep 23, 2008 Colleen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, childrens
Little Pip is a small baby penguin, one who always listens to her parents when they tell her to stick close and then sing about home. One day though, she chases after a black feather, so lovely against the white snow, and soon finds herself lost and alone. Trying to find her home, she asks a whale and a gull and some huskies how to find home, but none of them can help. Eventually, cold and sad, she sings her song about home to try to feel better and her parents, following the sound of her song, ...more
Kaitlin Larson
May 06, 2013 Kaitlin Larson rated it really liked it
Shelves: rll-595-ag
This is the heart warming story of a small penguin who gets separated from his mother and father along with the rest of their colony. Little Pip goes in search of his family, stopping to meet other arctic animals along the way. Last year when I taught first grade it went nicely with our arctic unit with the different animals incorporated throughout the text.
This is a very interactive read. There is a lot of onomonopia that makes this exciting and fun to read, especially with younger students. T
Renate Robey
This book promotes phonological awareness with great fun sounds such as "whoosh, wheeeeee, swish" etc. It also promotes print motivation with a fun story about what is home and getting lost. And finally, it promotes vocabulary with lots of great descriptions of Little Pip's home. The sweet story is about a penguin who doesn't listen to her parents and wanders too far form home and gets lost. She asks all the animals she meets where is home but discovers their homes are not her home. But finally ...more
Mar 02, 2016 Meghan rated it liked it
I don't know why, but this one didn't quite grab my attention. I'm going to assume it won't grab the preschoolers' attention, either! It's a cute story about a lost penguin, and I like that it mentions the habitats of different animals. Maybe another time.
Joan Marie
Jan 25, 2016 Joan Marie rated it it was amazing
Pip discovers he's lost after following a fluttering feather. When he starts to sing the song about HOME his Mama loves to sing, his parents hear him and find him. They remind him that HOME is where there's nothing to fear, so HOME is right here.
Miss Sarah
Aug 15, 2016 Miss Sarah rated it liked it
Pip gets separated from the rest of the penguins and must find it's way home alone passing by many other animals. But where is home? And will pip make it? Liked the concept but it was a little long. Preschool and up for length.
May 24, 2015 Naomi rated it really liked it
What makes a home? The author teaches the little ones in a heartwarming story that it is where loved ones are. The illustrations just brought that emotion out even more.
Mar 25, 2012 Robert rated it it was ok
Pip, a young penguin is taught a song about where home is. One day she follows a feather. She became lost. She seeks home by asking other animals where home is. Each describes their home, but it isn't Pip's. Eventually, lost and scared, she calls for help. Her parents have been looking for her and find Pip. Happy ending.

The best part of the book was when Pip sought the feather. It seemed like following the feather may lead to someone else's home. That wasn't the case.

I have a problem with a peng
Jennifer Parker
Dec 30, 2015 Jennifer Parker rated it really liked it
nice book of being reminded home is where you and your family are type thing... home is where you make it.
Lisa Overberg
Oct 26, 2013 Lisa Overberg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
This picture book is about a little pinguin who looses her way from home. She asks different animals if they know where her home is and they only know where their's is (i.e. a whale, bird, dog). She kept looking and cried for her parents. When they found her, she felt so much better and happy to be home. This would be a good book to talk about children's homes and different animal's homes. They would be able to make personal connections with the book and learn about different animal habitats.

Nov 21, 2011 Candice rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
A sweet story about the meaning of home and family. Little Pip the penguin is happy with her parents and her Antarctic home. One day she sees a black feather which she chases across the ice. When she catches the feather, she realizes she is lost. Trying to find her way home, she asks several other animals - a whale, a gull, a dog - "Where is home?" Each animal answers in its own way, but of course these are not Pip's home. When her parents find her, a happy reunion ensues and Pip realizes how lu ...more
Apr 21, 2016 Roberta rated it it was amazing
This book did a great job of keeping my child engaged throughout the whole book.
Feb 16, 2016 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Very cute story about a little penquin who gets lost and learns the meaning of home.
Teacher 007.5
Oct 17, 2012 Teacher 007.5 rated it it was amazing
A cute story about a little penguin who gets lost while trying to catch a feather. As she searches for home, Little Pip meets a variety of animals who explain where home is. Only thing, home is not where Pip lives, they describe the only home they know, their own home. It is not until she remembers and starts to sing a song about her home does her family finally find her and she learns what the true meaning of home is. Home is where your family is together and safe from harm and fear. A wonderfu ...more
Jan 26, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
The best part of this book are the gorgeous illustrations. The colors smoothly mix and blend to create a dreamy winter landscape of blues, greys, and whites. It's beautiful. I could easily look at the illustrations over and over again. The story is fairly common, but it's told in an interesting way and isn't too tedious. It has a happy ending and I think children and parents alike will enjoy this story. It is sweet and I'd recommend.

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Apr 09, 2013 Matthew rated it liked it
If you were a reader the of Bear Snores On series, you'll be a reader of this one too. Little Pip is an exceptionally small adolescent penguin who accidentally goes on an adventure after chasing a loose feather too far across the ice. He, of course, encounters other inhabitants of his icy world who suggest that home is where they live before he finally gets discouraged enough to lose hope and start singing the song his family sings about togetherness. That's, of course, when his parents find him ...more
Dec 18, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-my-boys
My boys enjoyed this story and I enjoyed the art. I am torn between 3 and 4 stars mainly because I had hoped the story would gain my boys attention more than it did. I picked this up at the book fair. My little one loves penguins and my oldest is learning to read so I figured this would interest both. They were interested, but I just didn't get the reaction that I had hoped for. This will be one of our books that I suggest to read. My boys will be more than happy to pick it up, but they probably ...more
May 16, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
A sweet story about the meaning of home and family. Little Pip the penguin is happy with her parents and her Antarctic home. One day she sees a black feather which she chases across the ice. When she catches the feather, she realizes she is lost. Trying to find her way home, she asks several other animals - a whale, a gull, a dog - "Where is home?" Each animal answers in its own way, but of course these are not Pip's home. When her parents find her, a happy reunion ensues and Pip realizes how lu ...more
Very sweet story of an emperor penguin who wanders too far from her parents and can't find her way back to them. In her search for home, she meets many other Antarctic animals and learns that there are all sorts of different definitions of home, but in the end, she finds the best one: home is wherever she's with her parents. Beautifully illustrated, and the text is simple and perfect for younger children. Definitely worth a read for young animal lovers or those who just want a sweet story about ...more
Oct 06, 2008 Joenna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: preschool
A cute new book by Karma Wilson. Pip is a penguin and has a special song she sings of her home. She sees a feather and follows it. But soon she is lost and can't remember where or what her home is. She comes across a whale, seagull, and sledding dogs. All three tell Pip of their own home, but Pip knows it's not her own home. She begins to sing her special home song and soon her parents find her. Great illustrations! Great for preschool storytime.
Oct 07, 2008 Marie rated it really liked it
Wilson and Chapman do it again! There is a lot to this little story. Little Pip gets lost and tries to find home. Children learn that home is different for each different animal. At the end of the story, they learn that home is where you have nothing to fear surrounded by those who love you. The book is a little long for storytimes, but the adorable illustrations may hold attention long enough to even use this story for that.
Oct 11, 2008 Katie rated it it was amazing
Pip chases a feather, Flap Flap Slap, and ends up far from home. as she tries to return to Mama and Papa, she meets some beautiful Arctic creatures--a whale, kelp gull, dogsled pups, until she's lovingly reunited with her family. There are lots of great examples of fun sounds (poof, swish, squawk)and text to promote phonological awareness and print awareness.

From the team who brought us _Bear Snores On_.)
Danielle Simmons
Pip, a young penguin has a good life with her mama and papa. Until one day her curious little mind wanders off to chase a feather when she suddenly discovers she is far from home. She encounters a lot of different animals and they try to help her but their homes are not the same. After a long scary day, Pip is reunited with her mama and papa and discovers that home is wherever her family is. Semester II
Jun 23, 2010 Jackie rated it really liked it
Where is Home, Little Pip? is a sweet story about losing one's way far away from home. When Little Pip drifts off, out of the eyesight of Mama and Papa, they search for each other endlessly until they are once again reunited. Home is where a family is together.

Used for "World Traveler's Club:Antarctica" Storytime-June, 2010 and

"Penguin Party" Storytime-July, 2010.
Carmen Peters
So sweet and adorable, the illustrations and story make you want to pick up this little penguin and snuggle it close until you can find home again.

Highly recommend for any parent to read to their child.
May 07, 2013 Libby rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I have liked almost everything by Karma Wilson, and so have my kids. This is a sweet story about a penguin who gets lost which talks about the meaning of home...the "moral" at the end of the story is still confusing to my 4 year old (but aren't they going to go home?), but he enjoys it nonetheless.
Sep 07, 2012 Guen rated it really liked it
At first glance this book looks like it is going to be just another one of those stories about a baby animal that gets lost and can't find it's way home. However the ending of this one is extra sweet in that it gives the message that home is wherever the ones you love are, not in a physical location.
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