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Absolutely beautiful! First of all, the illustrations are superb. They are bright, colourful and draw the eye wonderfully. They help to tell the story well and I adored them. The animals all came to life through the vibrancy and lines of the illustrations. Now to the story. I read this book with three hats on. First, my mum hat, second my primary school teacher hat and finally my bibliophile hat. This book ticked every single box. It was written well, using simple enough but engaging language. It made you want to turn the page to see what was going to happen next. It made you think about possible scenarios, for example what sorts of things might other animals be asked to do? And most importantly, it ended with a big happy smile on my face and a little chuckle. This is definitely a book I would read to my children and also to my class. I love the fact that some of the proceeds go to helping literacy in the Caribbean as well. Amanda O'Dwyer, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador
Independent Reading Gold 9 | Pip is shunned by the other penguins because his large wings are not normal. They reject all his offers of help and turn him away to face winter alone. But from the top of his hill he can see danger approaching in the form of a hungry seal. Racing to warn the others, Pip trips, falls, flaps his wings and flies. He frightens off the surprised seal and the other penguins realise they have been unkind. They point out their own flaws and recognise “we are all different” but “we are all penguins”. A lovely positive message of acceptance and inclusion in this attractive story, part of the Reading Champion series designed for independent reading. The carefully written text has been levelled at Book Band Gold 9. Readers working at this level in class will be able to read this engaging story independently and with growing confidence. Guidance notes at the end will support parents and carers to help their child reflect on the story and build on class discussion at this level of different kinds of sentences. A fun story order puzzle will encourage children to re-tell the story in their own words and to understand the sequencing of events in this enjoyable and stimulating story that is bound to provoke much discussion about the injustice of the treatment of poor, brave, Pip!
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