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Henry's Holiday - Gillian Shields

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Illustrator: Rosie Reeve / Paperback: 32 pages / Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books / Published: 2 Oct 2009

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      06.02.2013 15:23
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      Henry's holiday

      Everyone knows that penguins love the cold but Henry is a little bit different! According to the synopsis on the back of the book, "All the baby penguins are having fun playing in the snow, but Henry doesn't like the cold and dreams of warm seas and shandy shores. Maybe it's time for a holiday...

      Henry is the cutest little penguin and penguins are one of my little girls favourite animals at the zoo so this book is perfect for her. The book starts with Henry's friends all playing in the snow doing snow things like sliding, diving into the water like penguins do and building a snowman. Henry is cold though and even a hat, scarf, big furry boots and a fluffy waistcoat didn't help him get any warmer. Poor Henry says, "I'm so tired of the snow."

      I think we all feel like that in this cold, wintery months and just like us, Henry decided to do something about it by jumping onto a big ship in search of warmer climates! When the boat docks Henry see a island full of palm trees, coconuts and pineapples and more importantly the sun was shining. The island looks really very inviting and somewhere I would like to go too!

      Soon though Henry finds a hot island is not all its cracked up to be and he soon finds himself very hot and a bit pink, as well as finding all the pineapples he has eaten have given him a tummy ache. Henry also misses him mummy quite a bit and wishes she was there to give him a cuddle so although he has had fun on his holiday he swims off again in search of his home of ice and snow. When he sees his mummy he gives her the biggest cuddle and it makes him feel warm all over and inside as well. I love this show of affection as I am always cuddling my little girl and hopes she feels this way too as thats the way I feel about her!

      In the end Henry decides that, "the very best bit about a holiday, is definitely coming home again." I think this is another statement we can agree with most of the time, although it would be nice to live in paradise for a little while.

      I like this book because it teaches young children about temperatures, cold and warm and what we can do in each situation to change how we feel, for example, put on a hat when it is cold. The illustrations are beautiful, full of cute little penguins in their snowy natural environment. THe pictures are a bit fuzzy and I think this adds to the wintery feel of the book. Of course there are nice warm illustrations when it gets to the island and colours of red and yellow in contrast to the cold blue of the ice.

      We have the paperback version, ISBN 978-1-4472-0271-4 by MacMillan books and costs £5.99.

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