Could You Ever Waddle with Penguins!?

Scholastic. Dec. 2023. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781338858792.
PreS-Gr 2–Well-loved science writer Markle poses a question for children: what if they woke up in Antarctica, part of a group of Adélie penguins? Would they stay warm? Morales, working in cartoon-style digital illustrations on the right-hand pages that blend easily with photographs of Adélie penguins on the left, shows a young bespectacled girl with tan skin and black hair shivering and then growing more comfortable because of the way penguin feathers are packed: “When you live with penguins, you will stay toasty warm even during a blizzard.” One child after another, always with different hair and one of a variety of skin tones, experiences how to eat like penguins, swim, escape predators, leap, and more. Author and illustrator are in genuine lockstep as they cover penguin summers, nesting, the sounds penguins make, how little they sleep, and more. The last soothing lines will remind children that even though this is what it is like among the penguins, they can certainly remain with their own kind: humans.
VERDICT This effortless nonfiction format provides facts stacked on facts in a way that is memorable and still works for reports. A great addition to the shelves.

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