Penguin and Moose are the best of friends. When Penguin decides he must fly, just has to, who better to help than his wonderful friend Moose? Don’t miss their adventure, after all, have you ever seen a penguin fly?
This fun little book is certainly a great read and will, by far, entertain every kid within hearing distance! There’s something special about an adult reading with enthusiasm and wonder to curious children. I love seeing the excitement on their faces at our voice inflections, especially when they get so excited they are leaning forward so they don’t miss a single piece of the adventure. These are the things that make reading to little ones the most fun for me.
If you are interested in other fun books that we’ve reviewed, you can check them out on our Books & Films Page. Some of my personal favorites are Maya Angelou: Little People, Big Dreams, The Adventures of Pajama Girl, and Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32. These are just a few of my favorites, all of my reviews are honest so if ya want the truth on a book review, you’ve found the right place. I will lie for no one. Plus, it’s not really beneficial now is it?
Of course, it’s not about us grown-ups, is it? There are articles, studies and so much more anywhere you look that speaks to the benefit of reading to children. Of course, if you have ever taken care of a child in any capacity, you don’t have to read them to know that it helps them exponentially. In just the three months that we had the privilege of spending with our 3 year old grandson, I saw a tremendous amount of development in his speech. Speech therapy is not my area in the least, but I knew speaking to him all the time using actual words and reading to him would help. Unfortunately, they bailed and I don’t know if he’ll get help with his speech before a school puts him in much needed therapy. Prayers welcome and appreciated, but we’ll move on.
Penguin and Moose: A Tale of Friendship, Determination and Acceptance
Having a background in child development and psychology, I absolutely loved this little story. When Penguin decides he just has to learn how to fly, surely Moose knew he would never be able to. His father, being updated on the adventure, definitely knew. Yet they continue on with encouragement and happy determination.
You can imagine the outcome of the experiment, but what you do not know is how it was handled. That strong, harsh disappointment of inability could have led to a harsh place of sadness but with their friendship it did not. Instead of just being upset or angry, the story takes these two friends in a new direction where they were able to find success and have fun. It seems like that’s a piece of life we all need to learn: to redirect ourselves and find a new joy when life seems to fail us.
In this story, there is a true friendship, determination, failure, redirection and success. All in one, easy to read little adventure. It can easily be imagined that Penguin and Moose are going to become very well adjusted adults one day. They’ll be able to roll with the punches and have healthy self esteem.
From this story, I find myself being reminded that just because something doesn’t work out that I just knew I had to have or do, doesn’t mean it was a failure. To accept those things as adventure and keep on trucking.
Book Description From the Publisher:
In Penguin and Moose by Hannah C. Hall, Penguin has a big problem—he doesn’t know how to fly! Penguin and his friend Moose try everything they can think of to help, but no matter how hard they try, nothing helps. At the end of the day, a tired and disappointed Penguin realizes that he has something better than the ability to fly: a friend that supports and loves him no matter what. Recommended for ages 4 to 8 years.