Seven-year-old Ilya tells us about The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out English edition: Jill Tomlinson. The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out / Ill. by Paul Howard. London: Egmont UK, 2014. 96 p.
Russian edition published by Pink Giraffe Publishing House in 2009 with illustrations by Victoria Tentler. by Jill Tomlinson. Ilya’s mom, Ekaterina Asonova, wrote down his words.
I read the whole book myself. It’s amazing. I read the whole book in three days, by myself! I felt smart. Each time I picked up reading from the spot where I had left the bookmark, I slowly remembered what I read yesterday. That is a great feeling.
This book is very easy to read. The pictures are good: they show actions and even sounds. My favorite picture shows a screaming penguin chick. When I look at the picture, I feel like I hear his scream.
The book tells the story of a penguin chick named Otto. I found out that he wanted to find out about everything: what “to eat” means, or what “the bottom of the world” is (it turns out that his own continent, Antarctica, is the bottom of the world), and when he would learn to swim, and why penguins can’t fly.
His father (a penguin named Claudius), his auntie Anna, and a girl named Zoya told him about all these things. These penguins answered the questions of the very curious penguin chick Otto. And after some time, Otto grew up and became very smart. He got a job looking after little ones and taking care of them. He was supposed to gather them together when the wind was strong (that’s how penguins warm themselves, by huddling together) and teach them how to behave.
I remembered how Otto befriended a seal pup. Otto saw this seal pup before when he was very little and he was very surprised how big and fat the seal pup grew. The seal pup explained that this was because of the milk (seals are mammals, their moms feed babies with milk), which is very fatty. Seals need fat to keep warm. Otto also found out that seals bite the ice if it keeps them from getting out of the water.
This is a very good book. I think everyone should read it, because it’s a fun way to learn about Antarctica and the Emperor penguins.
Translated from the Russian by Elizaveta Prudovskaya
Originally published in 2013
Cover picture by Victoria Tentler from the Russian edition of The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out
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