If You Were a Penguin by Florence Minor

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If you were a penguin . . .

You could swim really fast and toboggan on ice.

Sing a happy duet, once or twice.

You could live on land but dive under the sea. 

There's a lot penguins can do, just like you and me!

Wendell and Florence Minor create a charming tribute to all the playful fun and activity that comes with being a penguin—which young readers can delight in too!


About Florence Minor

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Florence Minor, a former film editor for ABC News, is the coeditor of Wendell Minor: Art for the Written Word. She is the author of Christmas Tree!, illustrated by Wendell Minor, which Kirkus Reviews praised for its "imaginative Christmas trees [and] poetic, rhyming text." This is her second picture book for children.
Published December 23, 2008 by Katherine Tegen Books. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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The second from this husband-and-wife team (Christmas Tree!, 2005) explores the many things that penguins can do and suggests to readers that they can also share in these activities.

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Edna is tired of the three colors that make up her world- white, black, and blue.

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The most interesting part of the test is the end pages with penguin “fun facts” (such as most adult penguins swallow their food whole or penguins can “fly” underwater as fast as twenty-five miles per hour) and the head portraits of ten species of penguin.

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