The Lost Penguin: An Oliver and Patch Story

The Lost Penguin: An Oliver and Patch Story

The Lost Penguin: An Oliver and Patch Story
Claire Freedman, illus Kate Hindley

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

ISBN 9781471117336

The welcome return of Oliver and Patch - this time with Ruby and a lost baby penguin too! Everyone fell in love with these special characters in Oliver and Patch, finding their way in a big city and making new friends. In this story the three friends visit the zoo. They growl at the tigers, smile at the meerkats and laugh at the funny penguins. But when Peep, a little penguin who's new to the zoo, goes missing, the friends must set off together to bring him home. But it isn't always easy to agree on a plan, and the friends have to overcome some disagreements before everything works out. Another heartwarming tale of friendship and working as a team from the wonderful picture book partnership of Claire Freedman (author of the ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS series) and the brilliant Kate Hindley. 'A touching story about the importance of friendship ... Another heartwarming tale of friendship and working as a team from this bestselling duo. Relaxing and reassuring, this is a gentle read.' Parents in Touch 'A sweet, thoughtful tale of friendship and teamwork, with plenty to linger over in Hindley's detailed artwork' Fiona Noble, Bookseller Praise for Oliver and Patch: `Children will enjoy this moving addition to their picture book library that leaves jokes aside to say something a little more thoughtful' Books for Keeps `This is a beautiful story about the power of friendship, but also of love for animals' Once Upon a Bookcase `This is a sweet story about friendship and new beginnings that children will warmly appreciate' Kids' Book Review

Librarian's Book choice

From the Author of a firm favourite in our house; the Aliens Love Underpants series, Claire Freedman and Kate Hindley have created A brilliant new addition to the Oliver and Patch stories. Three very best friends decide to have a day of exploring the zoo. Whilst there they find a very sad looking little penguin who looks a little out of sorts, being the newbie. When the friends return the next day to find Peep is missing they decide to go and look for him. Oliver, Patch and Ruby search all around town until they finally find Peep and head back to the Zoo only to find that the zoo is closed. The two children then had the very tough decision of deciding who gets to have Peep stay with them until the morning. Unfortunately, they argue so much that they don't notice that Peep and Patch have vanished on their own! A heart-warming tale of friendship. This book is a really nice story to share with young children to evoke team work and an understanding that strong friendships stand the test of time, differences can be worked out. There are lots of animals to explore with the children, who will enjoy seeing how many they can spot and name. The illustrations on the double page spread of the children's disagreement provided lots of stimulus for discussion and inference, looking at the characters' different facial expressions. Picture book / Ages 4+ / Reviewed by Nikki Stiles, teacher.


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