Penguin and the Cupcake, by Ashley Spires. I wanted to send the link and I was sure I had written about it in this blog. Well I had but only briefly, mixed in with other books.
Now in my reincarnation as a retired teacher who likes to hang out with first graders and read to kindergarten students, I "hauled" out this book again. It is a real go to book of mine for many reasons. And due to my enthusiasm for it, Portia who once owned my beloved local children's bookstore long gone, Once Upon a Huckleberry, gave me the finger puppets that Ashley created that go with the story, and I have them still, of course!
First it can be read on several levels. There is the simple crazy story of a little penguin who finds out
For older children there are facts about global warming (or wierding) that go perfectly with the story.
Another reason I love it is I have factual books about penguins as well and it's great for comparing fact and fiction. Of course I have a few more books about penguins, a larger puppet etc. I have grown quite fond of penguins.
Once again I thought of the pleasure of just being with them, helping when they needed it (for example giving a model, helping with tricky cutting etc., a few simple stage directions). Such simple pleasures are the life of a "retiree".