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Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
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Feb 07, 2012

really liked it
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Read in February, 2012

Tacky the Penguin had a great message that even though you are different it does not mean that there is something wrong with you. Tacky was different than his orderly companions but he was able to save the day when hunters tried to capture them. Tacky was charming, funny and witty and he was his own "penguin" but still garnered love from the other penguins because he was able to use his uniqueness to keep them from being captured. Tacky is an older book published in 1988 but it's story line and illustrations are still relevant today. The illustrations were simple yet fun because each character in the book had a special quality to it as each penguin and landscape did not look the same. The illustrations captured the emotions of the penguins and also captured the fear in the hunters eyes. The colors used were pastels and were kept simple to about 8 colors in total. I think the illustrations enhanced the book because of the emotion shown and when Tacky did a cannonball the illustration showed the big splash of water to draw the reader in to let them see what a cannonball looks like without being flat. I would read this book for K-2.
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