Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Book Review - Noodles & Albie
About the Book
Noodles, a young penguin, is on his first and very memorable adventure at sea in the mysterious Southern Ocean. When his fun takes a turn and Noodles discovers he is lost, he tries to find his way home before darkness sets in, meeting an interesting cast of characters along the way. Noodles has nearly given up when he meets a friendly fish named Albie who knows the sea "like the back of my
fin." Together, they begin their journey. Children will go along for the ride while wondering if this duo will make it home to the penguin colony before dark. This charming and imaginative story is set against a backdrop of beautifully intricate watercolor illustrations that help bring it to life.
My Take on the Book
Eric Bennett has written a very nice story about a young penguin growing up but fearful about learning to swim. Of course all penguins must learn to swim. When he finally takes the plunge, he meets Albie who becomes a life long friend and confidant. I believe you will see friendship bloom and also the concept of overcoming one's fear of doing something. All our children have fears of some kind and this book could be an avenue of discussion about your child's fears. Being proactive as a parent with childhood challenges is an opportunity to assist your child before they must produce the courage to move forward.
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