Don't Be Afraid, Little Pip
Karma Wilson, , illus. by Jane Chapman. . S&S/McElderry, $16.99 (40pp) ISBN 978-0-689-85987-8
Pip, the adorable penguin with the ocean-blue plumage, makes an observation: she has “wings” and she's a bird, so she should be able to fly. With the advice of a supportive snow petrel and a rhyming flight song—“Pick up your feet, run down the shore./ Flap your wings and flap some more”—she runs, flaps and leaps, only to land in the sand. A giant albatross also tries to help, but when Pip lands in the water, she discovers, “Swimming is flying!” Pip's determination and exuberance will easily endear readers to the spirited heroine. Ages 3–7.
Reviewed on: 09/14/2009