Little Penguins by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Christian Robinson
Another gem! Put together two artists with a Newbery and a Caldecott between them and this is what you get…perfection! Five little penguins look out the window of the igloo and see the first snowflakes starting to fall. Every child knows the thrill that the promise of a real snowstorm brings. The penguins get their boots, their mittens, and matching scarves and off they go to explore. Then it’s back to the house with Mama followed by jammies, cookies, and a sippy – off to bed. Winter has arrived! Rylant’s prose is lovely and evocative and Robinson’s art is splendid in cut paper collage and acrylics. I love the three penguins on the cover forming a perfect triangle – a stable image that readies the reader for the journey ahead. It’s gorgeous! Christian Robinson isn’t yet thirty and he won both Coretta Scott King and Caldecott awards. Watch out for him.
Think about pairing Little Penguins with Pak’s Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn when talking about seasons. They are perfect together.