The Blue Penguin ……….by Karen Hutchins Pirnot Illustrated by Makenna Karen Klanot


Welcome To My Review Of

The Blue Penguin ……….by Karen Hutchins Pirnot
Illustrated by Makenna Karen Klanot

the Blue Penguin

2010 Book Award
Bronze Medal Winner

More About The Blue Penguin

The Blue Penguin teaches a great lesson to young readers that it is okay to just be YOU! This book teaches the reader to be proud of what you accomplish and the challenges you face everyday. The author, Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot is inspired everyday herself by her own grandchildren. One of them just happens to be the illustrator of this book.

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: The Peppertree Press (April 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934246794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934246795

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How would you feel if you were a blue penguin? Well, since all of the other penguins are black, I imagine you would feel pretty odd, and out of place. That’s how Pookie the penguin felt in this story. Since Pookie felt like such a misfit she worked harder than the other penguins at everything she did. And of course this made her do better at her activities that the other penguins. Her classmates tried being blue so they would be like Pookie, but their teacher explained other ways to be like her, other than just looks. Do you think this helped Pookie feel better about being different? Well, buy a copy of this adorable book and see what happens with Pookie and her friends.

I love books teaching children that it is ok to be different and the author does a wonderful job of teaching young reader this very thing in The Blue Penguin. Even though Pookie looked different, she had other qualities that made her special. This precious book needs to be in every library across the country as well as in every home with small children. Read it to your young child every day to make sure he or she understands they are special in their own unique way. And the illustrations in this book are adorable. I love how the child drawings and colorings make this book come to life, helping the reader better understand the story. You will be surprised that this book is illustrated by an 11 year old girl. I just can’t say enough about how awesome they are, and how much they add to the book! Thank you Makenna!

I want to thank the author Karen Hutchins Pirnot for providing a copy of this book for me to review. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine alone.

For an autograph copy of The Blue Penguin and other books by this author, visit her website.

Meet the Author and Illustrator

Dr. Karen Pirnot

Dr. Pirnot has worked with children and families in various capacities for the past fifty years.  While in private practice in Iowa, she worked extensively with children and adults in the juvenile justice system.  She has also worked in consultating for schools and hospitals.

As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Pirnot has spoken to groups and lectured in universities.  In addition to her work with children and families, Dr. Pirnot has worked with female inmates in the prison system and with death and dying issues with geriatric residents in long term care facilities.

Dr. Pirnot is married, with three children whom she raised prior to her return to school for graduate work.  After moving from Iowa, she had a private practice in Sarasota, Florida prior to her retirement in 2005.

Following her retirement, Dr. Pirnot began to publish books she had written during her clinical practice years.  She writes about the imagination and motivation of children while attempting to empower the child characters in her books.  Many of her adult novels also contain interactions with children, with emphasis on respectful and growth-oriented interactions between and among the generations.  Dr. Pirnot is currently engaged in writing about character disorders which prevent healthy interactions between individuals and couples.

Dr. Pirnot is available for speaking engagements and book signings.  All queries for personal appearances should be directed to publisher Julie Ann Howell at Peppertree Publishing.

More About Makenna Karen Klanot

Makenna Karen Klanot is the illustrator of the book, The Blue Penguin. She is eleven years old and the oldest of five siblings. Makenna lives in Sarasota, Florida and is in the fifth grade. Two of her favorite things are penguins and dance. When she grows up, she wants to work with penguins and be a dancer.

Makeen Karen Klanot




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