Turtle’s Penguin Day by Valeri Gorbachev

Turtle’s Penguin Day by Valery Gorbachev

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Turtle’s Penguin Day

By Valery Gorbachev

Storyline:  One night, after learning interesting facts about penguins when his father read to him at bed time, Little Turtle dream that he was a penguin. He dreamed that he was swimming on the ocean and played on the ice. Next morning, when he woke up, Little Turtle wanted to be a penguin too. So, he put on grandpa’s black jacket and a pair of red slippers and waddled on the school bus. He was looking just like a penguin, as many kids noticed.

In class, Ms. Dog, the teacher, declared a penguin day and all the kids got to play penguin, while the teacher read them books about penguins. Even at recess, Ms. Dog let them slid down the slide on their bellies just like penguins do on ice. At music they did a penguin dance and at nap time they all dreamed they were penguins. Everybody had a great day.

Back home, Little Turtle told his mom about the penguin day at school and at dinner, to keep up with the theme, he ate fish crackers and afterwards he brushed his penguin beak, all this time wearing the black jacket and the red slippers. That night, when his father came to read him a bedtime story, Little Turtle learn about monkey. Now, guess what kind of day he’ll have tomorrow?

This story teaches us the power of empathy, and how alike we are even if we look different.

Characters: Little Turtle, Father Turtle, Mother Turtle, Ms. Dog, the teacher

Illustration: Valeri Gorbachev is also the illustrator of this book. His drawings are clean and bold with nice colors, for the little eyes to get excited. But there’s more to the illustration. For example, by looking at the pictures we find out that Little Turtle has a green frog stuffed toy, how funny is that! Also, in showing the penguins and their habitat, Gorbachev mixes in other animals, sending the reader on a search and find activity. Overall, I’ll say that the illustrator shows a lot more imagination then it is customary for a children storybook.

Recommended Age: 5-8

Reading Time: 4 minutes

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