Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Up and Down

Author & Illustrator:   Oliver Jeffers
Publisher:  Philomel
Publication Year:   2010
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell

Awards: CBI Book of the Year shortlist,  starred review Kirkus

Summary:  A boy tries to help a penguin in his unsuccessful efforts to fly. He takes him to the zoo to ask for help, but the penguin runs off to join the circus and be a living cannonball. After the two get separated, they both are lonely and unhappy. When the penguin is shot from the cannon, the boy races to the circus in time to catch him. The two friends decide that maybe penguins don't like flying after all and they head home.

Classroom Ideas: The theme of this book revolves around friendship and support. The main characters are strong.

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