Heart-y Story: Baby Penguins Love Their Mama by Melissa Guion
Mama Penguin is pooped!
A flock of baby penguins to feed and teach is tiring!
Monday there are swimming lessons for the brood, and Tuesday it's time for sliding on their stomachs. Wednesday brings waddling lessons, and on Thursday, it's time for a tutorial on preening those ruffled feathers, not exactly the fledglings' favorite!
Friday brings fishing lessons, with lots of fun, but Saturday is squawking day, which would give any mom a headache!
ON SUNDAY, AFTER A LONG WEEK, MAMA TOOK A NAP!
While Mama dozes on the ice floe, what do her little ones do? They prepare a surprise, with streamers and hearty hearts which bespeak their appreciation for Mama!
Mama is proud and promises them (and herself) that they will soon be able to do everything big penguins can do.
"AND WHEN YOU CAN DO EVERYTHING I CAN DO, WHAT WILL I DO?" SAID MAMA.
The baby penguins proudly hold up the big, streamer-decked snow heart they have made for her.
"YOU WILL BE OUR MAMA!"THEY CHEER.
Penguins are popular in picture books these days, and Melissa Guion reprises her popular polar setting in the sequel to her piquant 2012 penguin flash mob story, Baby Penguins Everywhere! (see my review here) in her brand-new heart-y tale, Baby Penguins Love their Mama (Philomel, 2014). Guion makes the most of alliterative text, and her juxtaposition of the baby penguin's rainbow streamers and big blue heart against the black and white of their feathers and the snowy landscape are most pleasing to the eye. With a sympathetically humorous nod to mamas, sitters, and teachers everywhere, these stories make a perfect penguin pair for the holiday season.