Little Penguin’s Tale

ISBN: 0152474765
ISBN 13: 9780152474768
By: Audrey Wood

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About this book

Seven little peguins snuggle together in a cozy huddle as their Grand Nanny Penguin tells them a story of long, long ago. "Once there was a little penguin just like you," she begins. "Just like you - except he didn't listen to his Grand Nanny's tales." But wait! One of the seven little peguins isn't listening either. Just like the penguin of long, long ago, he's sneaking away into the snowy, polar world to have some fun. As Granny relates each exciting episode of her story, the seventh little peguin encounters the very same adventures in his travels. The surprising climax of Grand Nanny's story has her little penguins dancing in the snow. Readers will return again and again to Little Penguin's Tale to discover how some of us can just hear a story - and others have to experience it.

Reader's Thoughts


AR BL: 2.4points 0.5

Cari Williams

Little Penguin's Tale is a story about a penguin who wanders off away from his group. His grandma is telling the story and is using it as a lesson to the other young penguins. The little penguin gets into some funny situations as well as some dangerous ones. In the end, the penguin ends up almost getting eaten by a whale but escapes. He ends up losing his tail and that is why the book is funny because it's not only a tale, it's about how a little penguin loses his tail. I liked this story because the illustrations were really entertaining and the lesson learned is to not stray away and get into bad situations. I would recommend this book for a younger reader and as a lesson I would use it to talk about bad situations. Though it may be a little of a stretch I still think it could be used for this.

Tiffany Tilton

This book was ok, but I think it had some inappropriateness in it. This book talks about the misbehavings of a hard partying penguin that dies when he passes out on a sheet of ice. I don't think it is good for its intended audience which is younger elementary students. However this book could be implemented in a lesson about the artic or in a animal science lesson about penguins.


A nanny penguin tells the story of what a little penguin should not do, while she is telling the story a little penguin does what she warns not to do... Used this for setting, talking about Antarctica, but its a great story about children ignoring the warnings of adults


“Little Penguin’s Tale” is a cute story from Audrey Wood and it details the adventures of a naughty penguin who wonders away from home and meets some unusual animals along the way. “Little Penguin’s Tale” is like the Arctic version of “Peter Rabbit” and is surely to be a delight for both children and adults. Audrey Wood’s latest children’s book is full of color and creativity as it details the adventures of a naughty little penguin who runs away from the other penguins and Grand Nanny Penguin to have a little fun, which turns into a life and death situation as he encounters a giant whale. The story is extremely cute as Audrey Wood illustrates the small penguins like innocent little children listening to Grand Nanny Penguin telling her story. The image that is probably the cutest out of this whole book is the image near the beginning of the book where Grand Nanny Penguin is standing over the six good penguins and the six penguins are munching on fruits that they have found while laying down beneath Grand Nanny Penguin. This image reminded me of how I usually sit around on my mother’s lap while she tells her stories to me. I also loved the way how Little Penguin does indeed get in trouble with the whale when he decides to not listen to his Grand Nanny’s tale and wonder off alone in the snowy place. Audrey Wood uses references to “Peter Rabbit” as both stories depict how naughty youngsters find themselves in trouble when they disobey their authorities. Also, Audrey Wood’s illustrations are beautiful and creative since she draws the landscape of the polar world in various colors such as, orange, blue, yellow, and white. The penguins themselves are adorable and a bit lumpy in some parts of their bodies such as their waists and stomachs, but that adds to the cartoonish flavor of this book and that is what makes this book so unique from other children’s books I have read. “Little Penguin’s Tale” is an extraordinary tale about penguins from the creative mind of none other than Audrey Wood herself! Young children would be delighted in reading about Little Penguin’s adventures in the unknown and how he outsmarts a hungry whale. This book is best suited for children ages four and up since, other than the whale scenes, there is nothing inappropriate about this book.From my Epinions Review:

Marissa J.

This book is one that teaches a lesson. A grandmother penguin is sharing a story of long long ago in order to teach the young penguins the dangers of running off.A book of brightly colored pictures, the illustrator used the space available on each page wisely. The illustrations covered the entire page on both pages throughout the book. The pictures are extremely eye catching but do not detract from the words. Each picture helps the reader have a better understanding of what the book is saying. I find that this book would probably be an extremely intersting book for children not only because of the message conveyed but the interesting and colorful illustrations.


Cautionary tale about a little penguin who strays far away from home and almost doesn't make it back.

Anthony W

Here is a tale of a little penguin told by the nanny penguin. The young penguin sneaks of on a adventure of his own because he never listen to nanny's story, and it ended with him being aten by a whale but the little penguins hearing the story cried so it ended up with him making it home but missing some feathers.When reading through this picture book you can't help but to stop and look at every picture. The story isn't the main focus throughout the book. Each picture uses the page to the fullest and sometimes even has the art work falling of the page. Along with using outstanding color for each image the also show some texture so show the water splashing or the penguin playing. This truely is a book that uses the art to the fullest.

Jessica Judd

In this book, Grand nanny Penguin tells the little penguins a story of what happened to a little penguin long ago. The little penguin embarked on a journey to explore his surroundings. One his journey, he danced with the gooney birds, joined the walrus at the madcap club, and was eaten by the whale. Wait, he wasn't really eaten Granny says when all the little penguins get sad over the loss of the penguin. When Granny finished her story she talks of how the penguin lost some of his tail feathers to the whale and you notice one of the seven penguins listening has also lost his tail feathers. The story is a cute example of what can happen when you wander away from home alone and the power of stories that are retold from generation to generation.Possible Activities:Use this story to introduce folk tales which are also stories that have been passed down from generation to generation.Students could create tails of their own adventures away from home.Students could create their own imaginary creature and write a story about it. Book could be used to introduce the following vocabulary: rickety, cheered, jolly,wandered, weary, gobbled, clever, break(of dawn), and chaps.

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