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Penguins Don't Wear Sweaters! by Marikka Tamura
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Penguins Don't Wear Sweaters! by Marikka Tamura
Jan 16, 2018 | ISBN 9781101996973

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★ “Penguins huddling, cuddling, waddling, and gliding through the deep blue sea, even looking in consternation at the oily water, are as adorable as they come in these bright and stylized illustrations. This book could be the inspiration for budding environmentalists. An author’s note explains the true story that it’s based on.” School Library Journal, starred review

“A cautionary tale for young readers about the aftermath of oil spills near penguin habitats. . . . Tamura’s well-told tale of ecological disaster and proper penguin rescue is told in rhythmic but not rhyming couplets. Her author’s note references an actual event on Phillip Island, Australia, and explains how knitted garments are actually harmful for penguins. Rieley’s digitized pencil, ink, and handmade textures are appealing. His palette of blues and whites for the ocean, sky, and ice provides a perfect setting, both aerial and eye-level, for the penguins. The knitted sweaters, with close-ups of needles in action, are colorful if inappropriate for the recipients.”Kirkus Reviews

“A glimpse of penguin activity, threats against their livelihood, a warning against misguided rescue attempts, and a suggestion to look beyond the headlines and news feeds. . . . An afterword explains that this is based on an actual event. . . . Engaging story . . . told through brief, clipped sentences that move the narrative. The illustrations are simple, reflecting the penguins’ barren habitat, yet they contain a good amount of energy and interesting perspectives. The black-and-white birds are adorable, dignified, and look especially engaging in the knitted sweaters they aren’t supposed to be wearing!”Booklist

“The be-sweatered penguins look adorable . . . in Rieley’s crisp-lined, ice-cool-colored mixed-media art, they resemble a dorky barrel-chested, fashion coordinated singing group. . . . Tamura hints at her larger, worthy point in the last pages of this gentlest of cautionary tales: when there’s a problem, beware the easy fix, even when the fix is unbelievably cute.”—The Horn Book

“A useful book to reinforce the need to prevent oil spills by highlighting their effects on the animals that depend on the oceans.”—School Library Connection

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