Short & Snappy Happy Book Blog: Little Penguins
Author: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator: Christian Robinson
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
Themes: winter, snow, family
Age Range: 3-7
Word Count: 65 words
Why I Love It: With just 65 words, Little Penguins is short, snappy, and simply delightful. Little Penguins experience the joy of a first snowfall. I love the enchanting shape of the penguins, and they perfectly match the charming, spare text. They end the day with some of my favorite things: warm cookies and pajamas!
One for each foot.
What about boots?
So how’s the snow?
From School Library Journal: “Robinson's utterly enchanting acrylic and collage illustrations, relying on blocky shapes, pair splendidly with Rylant's straightforward yet enthusiastic text, conveying the pure joy of a winter excursion as well as the simple pleasure of the familiar bedtime routine.”
Author Tidbit: Many of Cynthia Rylant’s favorite things are reflected in her work. She grew up in the mountains – in a large coal-mining family in West Virginia. This influence shows up in many of her books, including When I Was Young in the Mountains, The Relatives Came, and Snow.
Illustrator Tidbit: Christian Robinson is a 2016 Caldecott Honoree and also received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art in Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña. Robinson, based in San Francisco, is also an animator and has worked with The Sesame Street Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios.