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Reading A Penguin StoryAuthor Antoinette Portis –

Edna The Penguin Only Knows The Three Colors That Surround Her White Ice, Black Night, And Blue Sea She Is Convinced There Is Something Out There So She Sets Out On A Quest A Quest For Color When She Finally Finds What She S Been Looking For, It S Everything She Hoped For And But That Doesn T Mean She Will Ever Stop Looking

10 thoughts on “A Penguin Story

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    Some of the picture books I read make me wish I were a better reviewer I know my history of the art form I know what makes one book a stronger better read than another I can sense when a book will feel right to an adult and to a child But I am bested by the best sometimes A Penguin Story comes from Antoinette Portis, a woman who has figured out how to do something extraordinarily difficult combine good design with pitch perfect storytelling Not a Box, her debut, was no fluke Switching gears away from the imaginative simplicity of her earlier work, Portis retains her sense of bold lines and simple storytelling to tell the tale of a penguin in search of color Edna is not a discontented penguin, but something has occurred to her There is the white snow by day, the black sky at night, and the blue sea and sky Yet surely, surely there are other colors out there, right Determined, Edna goes to look for something new She searches, and she searches, and then one day she finds it Orange In delight she invites the other penguins to see as well and they discover the orange to be that of a tent set up by some human researchers As they leave, the humans give Edna an orange glove, leaving her to wonder whether or not there might be colors out there unexplored A green ship in the distance behind her, suggests at future discoveries.I have a couple tried and true topics which can always be counted upon to inspire a good rant One of my favorites involves well designed picture books Here s a fun activity Walk into a museum s gift shop or a high end children s toy store Now locate the books in that store and tell me what you see Before your eyes you are going to be treated to a host of titles that pleased adult after adult through every step of their production and completion, and please not a single child once they ve entered the public sphere I think of books like David Pelletier s Caldecott Honor winning The Graphic Alphabet which garnered accolades from grown ups and soft unbroken snores from tots And anytime an album cover artist breeds and decides to make some kind of new abecedarian wonder, you can bet it ll be the cream of the hipster parenting set My point is that this does not always have to be the case One Red Dot by David A Carter, for example, was a wonderful mix of design brilliance and kid friendly fare Or Laura Ljungkvist s Follow the Line might be another example Portis has discovered this balance, and part of what makes her books so brilliant are their pairing of pure lines and fine storytelling As with her Not a Box, Portis is a fan of a thick black line Her penguins are not expressionless, but they are simplified They are almost the merest idea of what a penguin consists of A bullet shaped body One half black, one half white A triangle for a beak Voila Instant penguin Yet the black of their backs is often speckled in white The sea and the sky may sit fixed and blue and pure, but not our petite heroes And once you get a feel for the blue dotted ice and clouds, you begin to notice the tiny details not immediately apparent in this seemingly simple book When Edna leaves some of her friends doing acrobatics on an ice flow, the next shot shows them as distant black dots in the distance as Edna continues her search Much of the book relies on what Edna misses and the reader sees She does not see the orange plane that flies behind her head, or the deep green ship near the end of the book Kids will, however, and they ll get a small thrill in the process.On top of beautifully designed creatures and hidden details, there are also the colors It is necessary to the story that Edna find a new color, so it would make sense to find something across the color chart from her already familiar blue That color, logically, should be orange, and whatta orange That single picture of Edna drawn entirely in orange, sheer waves of it breaking off her skin, expresses better than anything else the newness of the discovery It also happens to be coupled perfectly with the next image, a tiny Edna hugging the massive orange tent, her little body leaning into it like it s a long lost friend So there you have it All at once an intelligent use of color to support the story is paired with small touching details that buoy it along Add in endpapers that are orange in the front and green in the back and you ve a lovely little surprise on your hands Seemingly simple, surprisingly well thought out Once Harper Collins stops releasing Antoinette Portis books at the end of each given year and starts releasing her during sunnier months, she will find her following Until that happy day arrives, however, she will have to remain our little secret For anyone who enjoyed Not a Box or Not a Stick but hungered for a little story, A Penguin Story delivers that same sweet sensibility with a familiar design Just the right blend of child and adult friendliness guarantees this book a wide, loving audience Penguin related perfection.Ages 4 8.

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    Living in a world of white ice, black night, and blue sea, Edna the penguin knows that there must be something else But what When she stumbles upon a bright orange research station near her Antarctic home something that is not white, not black, not blue, and definitely not lunch she knows she s found it Or has she Chosen by The New York Times as one of the Best Illustrated Children s Books of 2009, Antoinette Portis A Penguin Story is a visually arresting title, with a simple palette and a bold design The effect is a vintage kind of look that is very appealing But while I appreciated the artwork, and liked some of the humorous details like the large penguin who is always looking for his lunch I wasn t that wowed by the story It s not that there was anything wrong with it, I just didn t think it was very involving Definitely worth a look, for the illustrations, but don t expect much from the narrative.

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    I love the illustrations of the penguins and the premise of the story Edna the penguin is curious about what s out in the world besides the three colors she knows white ice, black night, and blue sea I thought that Edna and the other penguins were very endearing and appreciated Edna s curiosity and sense of adventure I loved the humor that s in abundance throughout the whole book However, what Edna and then the other penguins find two colors, but a lot of the fun of it went away for me because of what turned out to be each of those colors it just didn t work for me, and I did demote one and a half stars because of what was found and how the story shifted away from just the penguins However, I did enjoy this, Antoinette Portis s third book Her first two books were wonderful too Not a Box and Not a Stick This one is very different from the first two I found all three well worth reading.

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    A penguin sets out on a quest to broaden her world beyond white ice, black night sky, and blue water Her curiosity is rewarded, but not completely quenched Edna will burrow her way into your heart.A story that seems deceptively simple on the surface, but contains layers Extremely satisfying, even on subsequent readings.Iconic art style is effective for the story Limited color palette of white, black, blue, and orange matches the text The illustrations help to build the relationships among the characters.

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    Charming fable, especially if you believe, as I do, that birds are actually smart enough to appreciate the stimulation of new color and new friends I don t like all of Portis work, but those that I do I usually love, and so I will continue to read by her.

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    A Penguin Story is a tale that describes the joys of exploring and questioning and finally being rewarded with answers and new experiences As Edna searches for a color different than the three she s always known, she makes a choice between the unknown and social standards And when she does find that new color, she celebrates with her friends, and she goes looking for the next exciting thing Overall, this is a solidly inspiring book for children that affirms the notion that their questions do indeed have answers.Review cross listed here

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    Penguins live in a world of white, black, and blue Edna thinks there must be , so off she goes to discover the something else.Fun picture book about colors, discovery, and short adventures I like the Edna is looking for something, that she knows there must be to the world More importantly, that she s willing to look, willing to share, and willing to want .I suspect it ll make a great readaloud for preschool and kindergarten, especially around January or when discussing colors The pacing seems good and Portis uses the traditional repetition of three Made me happy.

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    Evie totally was going to blow this book off as too baby until I reminded her that Chrissy likes Penguins, so, in that case, it was ok to read for the night Evie liked the story, she thought it was cute Her favorite part was Edna going up the mountain with a fish, the coming down the mountain with fish bones.

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    Edna the penguin only knows the three colors that surround her white ice, black night, and blue sea She is convinced there is something out there So she sets out on a quest a quest for color When she finally finds what she s been looking for, it s everything she hoped for and But that doesn t mean she will ever stop looking.

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    There was once a penguin who is bored with all of the things that she has already seen The penguin world feels very limited to her and she yearns for something new Something that isn t white, or black, or blue She sets off in search and travels far but lo and behold, there is another color She speeds as fast as a penguin can back to the colony and together they retrace her steps and discover wait for it a red tent Other explorers are in the arctic Edna, our little penguin, keeps a wisp of red to remind her that there is always something else to discover.A fun story with a great theme, discovery and exploration Edna is a likable, and very determined penguin who makes a great example for children She bypasses play and goes beyond food to gather new information and expand her world and the world of all penguins Just like all scientists and explorers do Her persistence is rewarded, even though everything isn t always smooth going The illustrations are fun and humorous while keeping with a simple color palette and line delineation that focuses on the story line and the character of Edna This is a great book