Age Range: 3-6 years

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Abrams Appleseed,

October 26, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-4197-4589-8


      Kirkus, starred review

       CCBC Choice, 2022


About the Book

A lyrical picture book exploration of emperor penguins’ incredible journey to parenthood, with stunning watercolor art.

Packed Snow / Moon glow
Wind-blown / All alone 

This young picture book is about the incredible lengths to which emperor penguins go for their young ones. Angela Burke Kunkel’s lyrical text and Catherine Odell’s gorgeous illustrations detail the penguins' amazing journey, and an author's note and bibliography provide added context.

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Praise for Penguin Journey

  • "Perfect for group storytime and discussion . . . An object lesson in less is more." - ★ review, Kirkus

  • "The simple text has a very rhythmic and rhyming feel that will appeal to the youngest readers. " -YABooksCentral

  • "Rendered in verse and accompanied by excellent watercolor paintings, it is easy for the youngest child to understand what a penguin’s life is like." - Denton Record-Chronicle

  • CCBC Choices 2022, Cooperative Children's Books Center, UW-Madison 

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