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A Penguin Like Me by Marcus Pfister

A Penguin Like Me is a beautifully illustrated introduction to diversity. We take a trip to the Antarctic where from a distance every penguin in the colony looks the same. But when we get to know each penguin as an individual we discover that every one of them is different, each has their own unique insecurities, strengths and dreams.

The Story: Lucas has come from another colony and looks a little different but as he meets the other penguins he realises that every penguin is different in their own way. Theo used to hide the fact he’s smart but now uses his intelligence to help others and Felix is a good listener although his short wings make his life more challenging. Lena is in love with Ida and Sofia ‘lives in a very special world of the senses’.

First impressions can be deceiving – Leon is generally bright and breezy despite looking disinterested and Timmy hides a sadness that he doesn’t understand behind clowning around. But together the penguins form a diverse community in which every penguin is accepted for their differences and allowed to be themselves.

We love penguins and are huge fans of Marcus Pfister’s illustrations. They are stunningly simple with beautiful pastel coloured backgrounds. We first meet the whole colony and our impression is that every penguin looks the same. But when we meet each penguin we learn about their physical differences, personalities, strengths, weaknesses and fears.

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  • A Penguin Like Me - Mia, Lily, Amelie - Story Snug

A Penguin Like Me is a fabulous picture book to use in the classroom to introduce the concept of diversity. It can stimulate discussions about how our differences can also be our strengths and that whatever our differences are we are all special.

Age Range: 3+

Author: Marcus Pfister / Translator: David Henry Wilson

Thank you to Netgalley and North South for our review copy of this gorgeous picture book. The German edition, So Oder So Einfach Pinguin Sein, was published last summer and the English translation, A Penguin Like Me, will be published on March 5th.

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12 responses to “A Penguin Like Me by Marcus Pfister”

  1. Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner avatar

    Another Marcus Pfister heart-warmer 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      Yes – it’s absolutely gorgeous 🙂

  2. Kim Carberry avatar

    This sounds like a really lovely story with a great message behind it. Penguins are so cute, I imagine little one’s loving this book. x

    1. Catherine avatar

      I adore penguins and Marcus Pfister’s penguin illustrations are wonderful 🙂

  3. Lisa | Handmade in Israel avatar

    Sounds like another delightful book! We love penguins too. So much so, that we adopted one for a year through the WWF for my youngest son for his 10th birthday.

    1. Catherine avatar

      I love the idea of adopting a penguin 🙂

  4. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs avatar

    Oh I do love a book that is inclusive and this is just beautiful. Such a lovely way to show our differences. Love it! 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s so gorgeous 🙂

  5. Kate Walker avatar
    Kate Walker

    This is really cute!

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s an adorable introduction to diversity 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a beautifully simple introduction to diversity – I love this book so much!