Penguin’s Christmas Wish is an adorable story about how Christmas isn’t about material things, but about those we love.

Title: Penguin’s Christmas Wish
Author and Illustrator: Salina Yoon
Rating: 8
Source: Raincoast Books for review

Description from Goodreads:

Penguin can’t wait to celebrate Christmas with his family and friends. But when things don’t go exactly as planned, Penguin learns to find holiday magic in the most unexpected places.

Countless readers and reviewers have already come to love the adorable Penguin, and Salina Yoon continues this still-growing series with a timeless story of holiday magic and the importance of family and friends. Readers will delight in seeing all of their favorite characters reunited again

What I Thought:

I love books about how children can learn resilience and ways to cope with frustrating situations. When Penguin’s presents all blow away in a terrible storm, instead of giving up or getting mad, Penguin is resourceful and finds presents from the forest! I actually kind of love the idea of sending my kids out into the woods to gather presents for people!

And when the snow from the aforementioned storm melts, there is a wonderful surprise waiting for the penguins and their woodland friends.

The simple and bright illustrations are perfect for toddlers, and the pages help them feel like they are reading a “big kid” book. But it’s not so long that they lose interest! (Very important when reading to children with the attention span of a goldfish.)

Pinecone the tree makes an appearance, which will be nice for those familiar with the other Penguin stories. (We’re definitely going to check out the other ones now!)

This is a wonderful book to read aloud this Christmas season!

What Evelyn Thought:

Well I thought there was going to be presents in this story, but it turns out there isn’t really. Except Penguin makes his family presents instead. They’re made of sticks, which is cool. Because Christmas is about friends and family, not stuff. I liked this book. I really like penguins.

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