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Nothing Like a Puffin

by Sue Soltis
Illustrated by Bob Kolar

Published by Candlewick Press, 2011
32 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3617-3

Ages 3-6

A ladder is nothing like a puffin. Neither is a house. Nor a newspaper. Although--on second thought-- newspapers are black and white, and “a puffin is black and white, too! What are the chances? A newspaper is something like a puffin, after all.” An inquisitive puffin rampages through the pages as text and illustrations encourage contrast and comparisons of a number of things. Readers will discover that both a pair of jeans and puffins have two legs, a shovel and puffin’s feet are both used for digging, and helicopters and puffins both can fly. And finally, while puffins and penguins at first glance seem much alike (black and white, dive and swim, feathers, wings, beaks, and feet) they are, in one way, opposites: puffins can fly, but penguins cannot. Humor and a conversational tone combine in this appealing look at similarity and difference. Highly Commended, 2012 Charlotte Zolotow Award  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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