Gwendolyn by Juliette MacIver, Illus. Terri Rose Baynton
Gwendolyn by Juliette MacIver, Illus. Terri Rose Baynton. Pub. HarperCollins, 2016.
The author and illustrator of this super picture book may live a long swim from each others houses but not as far as Gwendolyn has to swim to get back to Antarctica.
Gwendolyn lives in the jungle with her friends Jaguar, Monkey and Parrot. She is surprisingly the only penguin but she is upbeat and positive about everything until she realises she has never been home. Then she is down and her friends return the positive compliment. That’s what friends are for.
Gwendolyn decides to go back, but will she make it? and if she does will she like the cold?
Great contrast between the two environments in this quick to read story that would be a great read-a-loud to primary children.
Terri Roses’s watercolour illustrations provide lots of detail with lots of colour, in contrast to Antarctica. I loved the bananas and the parrots.
I know where I would prefer to live but will Gwendolyn think the same?