Monday, April 26, 2010

Penguin Party

Did you know there is a World Penguin Day?

I didn't. But now I do. It's officially celebrated April 25th and it marks the date in which the Adelie penguins begin their annual northward migration. (Do the penguins actually know that this is the date which they are to begin their trip? As Davy is apt to say, "I wanna know!") But not to leave any penguins out, we acknowledge and are aware of ALL penguins everywhere. (We're equal opportunist, you see.)

To mark this grand and glorious occasion, Sleeping Bear Press - who I might even be tempted to use the phrase "I heart" over - has released Pierre the Penguin which is a very fun title to say. I feel aristocratic already. Like I'm noble-y acknowledging penguins in my own right or something.

This is the story of Pierre (see? you just can't say that name without holding your nose upward!) who was living at the California Academy of Sciences. It was noticed there that poor Pierre had gone and lost his feathers! He didn't want to get into the water because he would have been too cold. Through the ingenuity of a biologist named Pam, a wetsuit was created for our little penguin friend which enabled him to get back in the water. This book is a true story. DUN DUN DUUUUN!!!!! The illustrations are provided by Laura Regan, who has given us many penguins to look at as we enjoy it.

In honor of World Penguin Day, Sleeping Bear Press is offering a giveaway copy of Pierre the Penguin to one of you! Would you like to make friends with Pierre? Simply leave a comment below. This contest is open to U.S. Residents only and will be open through this Friday, April 30th.

In the meantime, want to know how we celebrated World Penguin Day? (Apart from briefly suffering from some kind of stomach bug?)

Well, you can't rightly celebrate without a cake and so we made one! Behold the beauty of white icing (mommy's favorite kind of decorating)!

We played (several rounds of) Don't Break the Ice:

And with our little penguin friend, we played hide-n-seek, out in our yard:

Of course, we also read about Pierre and now we offer the same chance to you!

Good luck and -- HAPPY (belated) WORLD PENGUIN DAY!

Waddle waddle.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED - Congrats to the winner - #1 - Page Turner


Heather VanTimmeren said...

How cute! We would love to read about Pierre!

Annette W. said...

I love your penguin party and would love to have another penguin book!

Alison said...

What a cool mommy you are! I need to do more of that. Plus, penguins are my favorite animal.

Aaron Klein said...

The real question is...when is world octopus day?

Happy Birthday Author said...

Awesome way to celebrate! Last summer I worked at our local zoo, our Humboldt Penguins were the biggest hit!

Stephanie Kay said...

I had no idea it was Penguin Day! It goes without saying that we would LOVE to win the book. ;) Back in the fall we watched the famous penguin documentary (name of which I can't remember). It was kind of long and my guys got a little figity at times but overall they enjoyed it and remember it.

morninglight mama said...

No entry for me, but I wanted to say that I received this one, too, and was hoping to put up a review on 5M4B. :) Don't you just love SBP??

Krista said...

Oh fun! We have a book called Tacky the Penguin that Grandpa brought us from the Boston Aquarium. It's adorably cute! But I'm sure we could add to our penguin collection!

Jennifer, A Self-Confessed Foodie said...

I love penguins, or pig-ones, as I used to call them when I was little! They're so cute!

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Cassie said...

What a fun way to celebrate Penguin day! Thanks for sharing!

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