Welcome to Nonna’s Corner. Today I am sharing Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin written by Stephanie M. Ward and illustrated by Vanessa Landin . Grab a cup of coffee and check out my thoughts on this adorable read. Wally will have your little ones smiling as they learn about the Galapagos Islands.
by Stephanie M. Ward
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Wally is an Emperor Penguin from Antarctica who isn't exactly like the other penguins. Wally is always cold. So, he takes a journey to the Galapagos Islands in search of warm weather and discovers an amazing world of tap-dancing crabs, racing hundred-year-old tortoises and diving birds with bright blue feet. Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin is a delightful rhyming board book for children aged 1 - 4. Children will love the bright and colorful illustrations of the unique wildlife in the Galapagos Islands while the simple, rhyming text brings these curious animals to life. Come along with Wally and visit this very special place!
First I must confess I adore penguins and was delighted to have the opportunity to review Wally the Warm-Weathered Penguin and share it with you. Ward has created a book your children will adore from it’s colorful pages to the easy to read rhyming verse. She mixes fun into Wally’s story as she teaches us about the Galapagos Islands and some of its inhabitants.
The Galapgos Islands were just as he’d thought,
The sun brightly shining,the weather quite hot.
He threw off his scarf, his boots and his hat, And jumped straight in he ocean with a SPLISH, SPLASH, SPLAT!”
My granddaughter loved the verse and smiled at all of the pictures. I love that this book will grow with her. In the back of the book are fascinating fun facts about Wally and the animals he makes friends with on Galapagos Island. The author includes colorful maps. This is a book teachers would appreciate having in their classrooms.