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Penguin and Pinecone

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When curious Penguin finds a lost pinecone in the snow, their friendship grows into something extraordinary!

36 pages, Hardcover

First published October 1, 2012

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Salina Yoon

253 books258 followers
Salina Yoon is an award-winning author/illustrator of over 150 books for children, including Penguin and Pinecone, Penguin on Vacation, Penguin in Love, Penguin and Pumpkin, Penguin's Big Adventure, Found, and Stormy Night.

Her latest book, Be a Friend, was a Winter 2015-2016 Kids' Indie Next Pick. Among her other awards are a Scholastic Teachers Top 10 Picture Book for Penguin's Big Adventure, and an NPR Best Book and 2014 SCIBA Book Award for Best Picture Book for Found. (complete list is on the website ABOUT page)

She studied art and design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and now lives in San Diego with her family.


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Profile Image for sAmAnE.
500 reviews84 followers
August 8, 2021
وقتی دیگران را دوست داشته باشی ❣️
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723 reviews43 followers
December 24, 2015
This story illustrates the bittersweet task of supporting the people we love, even if it means losing them.

Penguin is having lots of fun with his new friend Pinecone, but when he realizes that Pinecone can't grow up big and strong planted in the ice, he carries him on his sled, all the way home to the forest. But just as the ice is no place for a pinecone, a forest is no place for a penguin, so Penguin has to leave Pinecone behind.

This also applies to more intimate relationships: We all thrive in different circumstances, and sometimes two people, even if they have a lot of fun together, don't necessarily have compatible lifestyles or goals. we all need different things to help us grow. In that sense, sometimes loving someone means losing them, or at least sacrificing some closeness to them.

When some time has passed, Penguin decides to go visit Pinecone, and finds that his friend has grown into a mighty pine tree. They play for a while, but once again, the two have to go their separate ways.

And that's just it. Even though it hurts to be separated, it's the only way to keep a true connection alive. It would be a sham friendship if Pinecone stayed in the cold, and never grew, just so they could be together. Just as it would have been unhealthy for Penguin to try and be something he's not, by staying in the warm forest. Sometimes, you just reach a crossroads with a friend, and it's not that you're no longer friends, you just have different needs.

But they realize that even though they are far apart, they still carry each other in their hearts

Profile Image for N.a.f.a.s.
159 reviews15 followers
December 29, 2022
وقتی دیگران را دوست داشته باشی...
دوستی و مهربانی زیاد و زیادتر می شود.
چقدر قشنگ بود😍
Profile Image for Josiah.
3,211 reviews146 followers
December 7, 2020
A penguin doesn't often come upon a pinecone wedged into the frozen white of the snowy landscape it calls home, out in the Arctic nowhere, but that's just what happens to Penguin when he takes a walk one day. And though the object he finds nestled in the snow may be nothing but a pinecone to most birds, to Penguin it is a new little friend, and one who is cold, at that. This pinecone needs a bit of tender loving care, maybe someone who cares enough to knit it a little scarf to ward off the polar chill. Thus, Penguin and Pinecone strike up an unexpected friendship, one that goes much deeper than softhearted animal and inanimate object. Penguin cares enough to realize Pinecone won't be happy longterm in the forbidding Arctic environment, and if he wants to help his new friend adjust to a regular life, it will have to be somewhere Penguin can't be all the time.

Penguin makes the sacrifice to deliver Pinecone where he needs to go in order to thrive, knowing all along he's going to miss his pal once they've parted, but goodbye is not forever. After time has passed, Penguin wonders: Is Pinecone doing well on his own? Was it the right move to send him away from the Arctic? When Penguin goes to visit his friend where he planted him, he just might be in for a sweet surprise, an unforgettable affirmation of the selfless devotion he demonstrated to give Pinecone all the best that he deserves. There's no nicer feeling than knowing one has done right by one's closest friend, and that kind of love has a way of multiplying and touching others, spreading as far as the mind can imagine. And it can all start with nothing more than a penguin and a pinecone, brought together by the mysterious workings of serendipity.

Salina Yoon is a good creator of books in every way. Her writing is spare, effervescent and touching, and her drawings are beautifully understated, much in the same artistic style as Mo Willems at his best. Penguin and Pinecone is a story of which I am quite fond, and I'm positive the youngest readers will love it. I would give this book two and a half stars and my full recommendation for anyone desiring a short, sweet story that will make them smile and leave them a little happier than when they started reading. That's what it's all about here, and Penguin and Pinecone fulfills that promise abundantly.
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18 reviews2 followers
June 11, 2014
1. Opening: I would begin reading: One day penguin found a curious object. What do you think it is? What do you think he will do with it? Can you be friends with objects/things? What do you think he will do with his new friend? Listen as I read Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon. When I am done reading be ready to answer if the story turned out how you expected.

2. Opening moves: read some of the text to engage attention. Foreshadow the problem of the story, and alert students to unusual literary structures such as flashbacks, flash-forwards, or story within a story.

3. I selected this book because it is one of my favorite childrens books at the moment. I think this a great book to use when discussing friendships and fears about unlikely friendships. I also think this book would be great to use in writing stories about a unlikely friendship combinations with animals or objects. This book could also be used when teaching and discussing how to use different types of punctuation and the use of quotation marks.

4. (2012, September 1). School Library Journal. http://www.booksinprint.com.leo.lib.u...#
Profile Image for Kelsey.
2,312 reviews55 followers
October 19, 2012
Age: Toddler - preschool

When it brought two librarians to tears with how sweet it was, you know it's a keeper.

This is such a great story of an unlikely friendship that, unfortunately, could not be kept because pine cones cannot live on the ice and penguins cannot live in the forest. Even with this reality, Penguin and Pinecone share fond memories up until the moment Penguin drops Pinecone off in the forest. Still in his/her heart, Penguin goes to find his friend after much time has passed. The next pages are so sweet that you'll just have to read it.
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2,045 reviews41 followers
January 5, 2013
When Penguin finds Pinecone, he learns that he needs to take his friend to the forest for him to thrive. After he drops his friend off, he is sad and fondly thinks of his friend. He decides to visit Pinecone to see if he has grown big and strong as well. Pinecone has grown into a glorious pine, complete with the scarf that Penguin had knit for him.

A charming, thoughtful story. Perfect for kids aged 4 - 6 who miss someone who has moved away. "Penguin and Pinecone may have been far apart, but they always stayed in each other's hearts." A perfect reminder about the people we miss.

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757 reviews14 followers
October 7, 2016
This book is as cute as its title, and uses a few simple elements to convey a world of heart.
Profile Image for Ruby Michelle.
3 reviews1 follower
March 1, 2022
An adorable book from a wonderful series! Salina Yoon is one of my absolute favorite children’s book author’s and illustrators and I was so happy to get my hands on a copy of this story! I enjoy the way Salina utilizes similar color schemes and similarly drawn character styles so that it is easy to recognize her work, however, she keeps her storytelling, concepts and page designs fresh, fun and interesting with each new book she creates. Penguin and Pinecone is such a charming read! Definitely recommend.
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179 reviews5 followers
November 28, 2022
I really ought to control myself around children's board books, but I just can't help it- they're too cute! Who cares if they're ruining my average page count!

This was really just precious. I love penguins, so it caught my eye- the art is adorable, and the story is well told and I couldn't help smiling at the ending.
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1,451 reviews
April 1, 2017
Adorable, sweet story about a penguin who finds a pinecone and befriends it. Their friendship evolves and becomes distant but remains very special, too. Great book!!!
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559 reviews7 followers
February 5, 2019
A sweet story of friendship and of course Penguin knits, so I'm a fan.
193 reviews2 followers
December 26, 2019
My friend gave me this book with a pinecone with a scarf around it for a Christmas decoration for my book room I love it!!!
22 reviews
February 16, 2017
This book teaches the value of friendship. After reading this book, I would have the children do a writing activity answering the question what have you done for a friend.
In the book the penguin knits the pinecone a scarf, then takes him to the forest where he can grow.
I would help the children understand that doing nice things for friends helps friendship grow.
There are a lot of crafts that could be done after reading this book. If you read it to a group of older students you could show them how to knit. There are some easy knitting kits for kids to learn how to knit a little scarf. The class could also plant a young tree in the springtime on school property and water it and take care of it.
600 reviews2 followers
March 9, 2018
Penguin befriends a pinecone, but when he realizes pinecone can't survive in the cold environment, he sets off to take his friend to a more suitable location. Though they part ways, he can't stop thinking about his friend. When he goes back to check on pinecone much later, he finds a tree! The last page shows a whole little forest that has grown up because of Penguin and pinecone's friendship.
This was very well-received by my two storytime groups. The kids giggled at the thought of befriending a pinecone but Penguin is so earnest that they were really rooting for him at the end. The last page got "oohs" and "ahs" of surprise. The children seemed to find the ending very satisfactory, so much so that this story has become a favorite of mine.
A wonderful storytime selection for your penguin themes.
Profile Image for Laura.
Author 2 books26 followers
January 12, 2016
This is one of the cutest books you can read to your child.

Penquin finds a Pinecone, befriends him and even knits him a scarf to keep him warm. The Penquin decides he has to take Pinecone home because he is cold and not growing like he should because of the snow. As sad as it makes Penquin, he makes the best choice for his friend by letting go.

This little board book teaches love, sharing, caring and putting others before yourself even if it makes you sad. More than once it made me sniffle at the sweetness of the story.

It is kid tested (one of my 4 year-old cousin's favorite books) and mom approved -her mom brought it to me because I HAD to read it -and I am so happy I did!
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25 reviews1 follower
July 14, 2013
A simple but lovely story about friendship and love between two very different creatures, a penguin and a pinecone. The penguin learns that the pinecone cannot live and grow in the cold place that the penguin lives, and he returns him to the forest. Later, he travels back to find that he's grown into a giant pine tree. The author manages to express deep feelings of love with beautiful little objects and actions. The story quietly teaches lessons about diversity, biological development, friendship, and love. One of my all time favorites!
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4,985 reviews58 followers
November 6, 2012
When Penguin finds a pinecone he befriends it and tries to protect it from the cold and snow before realizing that the pinecone would be better off in the forest. Penguin makes a journey to the forest and sets up a happy home for the pinecone to grow into a tree. Later, Penguin visits his old frined and the two friends play as only a penguin and pinecone can.

A beautiful friendship story that will warm your heart. Good read aloud. Art is rendered digitally in Photoshop.
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