Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Birds of a Feather

There was a huge collection of children's books at my parent's house when I was growing up, stacked row upon row, everything from fairy tales to a Fraggle Rock anthology to classics like Charlotte's Web and The Secret Garden.  Countless hours of my childhood were consumed by reading and re-reading these treasures, and the memory of one of these books came stampeding to the forefront of my thoughts this morning as I shivered while getting ready for my yoga practice.

Walt Disney's the Penguin That Hated the Cold (Disney's Wonderful World of Reading)
I found the picture of the cover on Amazon, and sadly this book is out of print, but it is a great story, and judging by the reviews posted with the listing, many other people cherish it as much as I do.  Pablo the Penguin is the unhappy protagonist who is shunned by his penguin peers for not enjoying the regular activities of South Pole residents.  He is creative and persistent and ends up on an incredible adventure and finds his spot in the world somewhere with much warmer weather.  Pablo the Penguin and I are two birds of a feather, no pun intended.   
 
Here is a review from Amazon that I thought summed up the moral of the story quite cleverly. 
 
~By Don Rowsell (Toronto, Ontario Canada) "I must say how disappointed I am that this book is out of print and difficult to find. As others have said, this is one of my favourite and most memorable books from my childhood. Not only is it a cute and funny story but it gives children several important messages: follow your dreams, respect others that are different, find your own niche in the world, be careful when building structures using temperature sensitive materials in rapidly changing climates, etc."
 
 
Sounds like more people need to read this book.