In this particular story a young girl named Julia goes to the Chomping Park and Zoo quite often. While she is there she enjoys watching all the perfor...moreIn this particular story a young girl named Julia goes to the Chomping Park and Zoo quite often. While she is there she enjoys watching all the performances and seeing all the animals. On one particular day she notices that some penguins were back stage during a dance performance. And they waddled off with some of the dancing props (boas, hats, fans, bows, etc.). But when Julie went to the penguin area to see what the penguins were up to, they just acted like frozen ice cubes. Later, when she spied on them she discovered that they were dancing. She tried to dance with them…but they wouldn’t have it. She even got the hippo to dress up like a penguin to be her dance partner, but that still didn’t work. Finally Julie went into the penguin cove and started to cha-cha (a dance the penguins didn’t know from going to the show). The penguins couldn’t help it. They wanted to learn the new dance and started dancing with Julie. From then on, Julie became somewhat of an honorary penguin who would dance with her tuxedo-looking buddies. Although at the next show Julie did notice that some monkeys were especially interested in the Magician’s props…(less)
Elliot is a very serious young man. He dresses like he is going to the opera and he is as polite as if he were taking an etiquette test. So when his f...moreElliot is a very serious young man. He dresses like he is going to the opera and he is as polite as if he were taking an etiquette test. So when his father asks if he would like to go to the zoo, he politely says "yes." While at the zoo he reads all about an explorer named Magellan who discovered the Magellanic Penguin. Then Elliot makes a discovery, he has quite a bit in common with that particular penguin. In fact, he decides that he would like to get a penguin. His father gives him a $20 so he could purchase a plush stuffed animal, but Elliot pockets the money and instead nabs the smallest penguin from the zoo. It seems that Elliot's dad is a little oblivious to Elliots antics...but then again perhaps he isn't.
I like this book. I like how the illustrations portray Elliot in black and white other than the flush pink of his cheeks. I like how Elliot's father is red and green (with a nod to his favorite animal, the turtle--turtle pjs, a box of turtles chocolates to eat, etc.). I like how Elliot likes learning about his penguin and where he comes from. I like how Elliot's dad is a good dad who happens to be interested in what his son is doing. And most especially...I LOVE the ending. I didn't see it coming, and it made me laugh. (less)