Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Periwinkle's Journey by Judy Peterson-Fleming

Periwinkle's Journey 
by Judy Peterson-Fleming
Illustrated by Suzy Spaffard
Published August 2016
Blue Sneaker Press
48 Pages
Review copy provided by publisher

Goodreads Summary
It's spring in Australia when Periwinkle, a little blue penguin, begins her journey to Antarctica where she'll meet all of her penguin cousins. Along the way she learns a lot about her world and herself. The smallest penguin of all, Periwinkle is not only shorter than her cousins, but she is also blue and -most importantly- different from the rest. Hesitant at first, Periwinkle learns during her journey to be brave and realizes that it's not how you look on the outside, but it's what's inside that matters.

My Thoughts
I grew up seeing the adorable animals of Suzy's Zoo so I was thrilled to see a picture book illustrated by Suzy Spafford! 
This book chronicles Periwinkle the Blue Penguin's journey from Australia to Antarctica to meet all of her cousins. Although she is self-conscious because she is the only penguin that is not black and white, she starts out on her long journey. 

Readers will not only enjoy the story of Periwinkle's journey and how she realizes that being different is special, they will learn about penguins along the way. All seventeen penguin species are meeting at the party. Illustrations and diagrams show the different species. Maps in the book show where in the world penguins live including Africa and Australia. The author weaves facts easily within the text. The end pages also contain maps, facts and illustrations of penguin species. 

As expected, Suzy Spafford's illustrations are endearing. Every character is adorable and kids will love them. I would recommend Periwinkle's Journey for grades K-4. 

          Internal art provided by publisher. Perwinkle's Journey 2016

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