Can A Penguin Soar? Yes, With the Help of Friends

Flight SchoolMountain of Friends

It’s hard being a penguin.  You’re a bird; but you can’t fly.  Luckily the penguins in the following books meet some amazing friends who help them realize their dreams.  These books are similar in concept. Both penguins want to fly. However, the story line and illustrations are unique. Read both as a segue into conversations about problem-solving and helping friends.

Flight School by Lita Judge – “Although little Penguin has the soul of an eagle, his body wasn’t built to soar. But Penguin has an irrepressible spirit, and he adamantly follows his dreams to flip, flap, fly! Even if he needs a little help with the technical parts, this penguin is ready to live on the wind.”

A Mountain of Friends by Kerstin Schoene – “Heartwarming and beautifully illustrated, Kirsten Schoene’s North American debut picture book shows how working together can accomplish seemingly impossible goals. Young readers will enjoy helping penguin achieve his dream by reorienting the book and building a ‘mountain of friends’ to support him”

In Flight School the penguin is bold and seeks out the challenge.  In A Mountain of Friends, the penguin needs more of a boost from his friends.  The combination of these two stories mimic life. Sometimes, we’re bold.  Other times, we’re timid.  In each case, it’s the encouragement and help of friends that help us soar.  Just like in the books.

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