Pierre the Penguin: A True Story

by Jean Marzollo (Author) Laura Regan (Illustrator)

Pierre the Penguin: A True Story
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
When Pierre, a penguin living at the California Academy of Sciences, loses his feathers, he gets some help from his human friends. A true story of veterniary ingenuity.

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2--Stories don't come any sweeter than this. Pierre the penguin lives at the California Academy of Sciences. Being an African penguin, he prefers warmer climates. For some reason (it's not clear why), he loses his feathers and thus will not swim because he is too cold. In addition, the other penguins are afraid of him and bray at him. Pam, his caring handler, designs a neoprene wetsuit that keeps him warm when swimming. Over time, his feathers grow back, and the story ends with Pierre making a "nest for his very best friend." Regan's realistic paintings work well with the text and enhance the drama and appeal of the storytelling. The book concludes with "Questions from Kids with Answers from Pam." They include "What is neoprene?" and "How many kinds of penguins are there?" This is an excellent book to share with children as it offers multiple discussion points and curriculum connections.--Stephanie Farnlacher, Trace Crossings Elementary School, Hoover, AL

Copyright 2010 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Jean Marzollo
Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney have made an outstanding contribution to the field of children's literature both as individuals and as a team. Between them, they have published more than seventy children's books that have received the highest awards and accolades, including Caldecott Honors, Coretta Scott King Honors, NAACP Image Award nominations, and the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award, to name a few. To learn more, please visit andreadavispinkney.com and brianpinkney.net
Award-winning author Jean Marzollo was the author of over 100 books, including the bestselling I Spy series; Help Me Learn Numbers 0-20; Help Me Learn Addition; Help Me Learn Subtraction; Pierre the Penguin; Soccer Sam; Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King; The Little Plant Doctor; In 1776; Mama Mama/Papa Papa; and I Am Water; as well as books for parents and teachers, such as The New Kindergarten.
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Publication date
April 20, 2010
Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award
Nominee 2012 - 2012
Delaware Diamonds Award
Nominee 2011 - 2012
Florida Children's Book Award
Nominee 2013 - 2013
South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award
Nominee 2012 - 2013
Volunteer State Book Awards
Nominee 2013 - 2014
Show Me Readers Award
Third Place 2012 - 2013

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