Pip the Penguin Wants to Fly is an educational children’s book, written by Jane Finch and illustrated by Aysha Samrin. Feeling depressed, a young penguin is approached by a seagull and a sparrow. When they inquire as to what’s wrong, Pip tells them that he wishes he could fly. After receiving instructions on how easy it is, Pip tries to launch himself into the air, only to unceremoniously crash to the ground, causing both the seagull and sparrow to laugh at such a highly amusing sight. An owl approaches, having heard the laughter. When he asks what ails Pip, the owl listens, before explaining to all three birds that Pip does not have wings, which is why he cannot fly; instead, Pip has flippers, which enable him to not only swim, but also to catch fish underwater. After learning such a valuable lesson, Pip is now excited, and bids his three new friends a lovely day before disappearing for a refreshing swim.
Having read Jane Finch’s books on many occasions, it came as no surprise to me that Pip the Penguin Wants to Fly was so well written and beautifully illustrated. In many ways, the story mimics real life, in that in many instances, a child who is not good at one particular thing will find themselves mocked and ridiculed. It takes a mature and educated mind to see the picture from all angles, and when all parties were enlightened by the fact that Pip could swim underwater, it did not take long for the mocking to stop, with envy taking its place. Pip feeling special, after learning how many things that he can do, rather than focusing on what he can’t, not only makes Pip understand himself more thoroughly, but also lifts his self-esteem. I very much enjoyed Pip the Penguin Wants to Fly, and not only recommend it be read to all young readers aged 2-6, but also be enjoyed as a read-it-yourself learning guide to young children who take an interest in our feathered (and not-so-feathered) friends.
The penguins love Christmas! They all have their scarves on and are ready for the morning fun to begin. When Pip looks at his fellow penguins, he sees nothing but sad faces. The penguins are missing something from their Christmas morning routine. Snow! Can Pip the Penguin take the other penguins' minds off not having snow, and create yet another happy Christmas? Let's find out.
Pip the Penguin Saves Christmas by Jane Finch is a fun and delightful pictorial book introducing young readers to the concept of a holiday routine, the winter season, and penguins. Children love penguins. They are cute, funny, and appear to be playing all the time as they slide around in the snow. Children can relate to them easily because penguins like to do much of the same things kids do in winter. Children often have a holiday routine each year, especially those who celebrate Christmas. When something is disrupted in that routine, a child can often become sad, much like the penguins in the story.
The author does a fantastic job keeping a child's attention with the exciting and delightful story plot and cute characters. Young readers will love the bright and colorful illustrations keeping them entertained throughout the entirety of the book. The book is recommended for ages 1 to age 6, age 6 being those who can read by themselves, so this book can be a beginner reader book. Adults may also enjoy reading this charming story to a young child at bedtime or during the holiday season.