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Penguin's Hidden Talent Paperback – 29 Mar 2012

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Picture Corgi (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055256267X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552562676
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 0.4 x 26.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There aren't a huge number of words in Penguin's Hidden Talent picture book but the author, Alex Latimer, nevertheless manages to create a lovable anti-hero that we can all relate to, whatever our age!

The story is simple but gives a great life-lesson to young readers...It's a cute, fun book, ideal for readers of any age, that is guaranteed to make you go awwww !

" (Mad House Family Reviews)

"Warm and witty...Penguin's Hidden Talent highlights the importance of friendship, encouragement and individuality." (Booktrust)

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A clever, empowering story about finding out what your special skill is.

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Format: Paperback
In a world where it seems that everyone has a talent and you don't it's always hard to help reassure your young reader that they have a gift that just hasn't flowered yet. This is where this book by Alex Latimer comes in, as it features a Penguin who can't do anything like his friends can and feels that he's a let-down.

Its quirky, it has bright images and the overall message within is a positive one that I absolutely loved. Add to this some charming characters, a wonderful story arc and all in the positive message will filter through to your young reader.
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This appealed to my husband's quirky sense of humour, but unfortunately not mine. I don't particularly like the illustrations - most of the characters are drawn square or angular which makes them look strange. Whilst the basic moral of the story is OK - that everyone has a talent if you only look for it, and in this case penguin's is organising parties and shows, the method of delivery and execution left me unmoved.
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Whilst working on a 'Britain's Got Talent' theme for school, this story links in perfectly. A very cute and well illustrated story
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a wonderful little book 25 Feb. 2013
By Zeldie Stuart - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
the characters and pictures in this book are charming for both children and adults. Each page has delightful details. It teaches a lovely lesson while telling a good story every child can relate to in their lives without being preachy or in your face.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 Nov. 2014
By meredith - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
borrowed this from the library and my son loved it so much that we bought it for his birthday!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply adorable 18 Oct. 2012
By Valerie A. Baute - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Penguin's Hidden Talent is a lovely picture book that teaches a very sweet lesson. Penguin wants to be a part of the talent show, but he doesn't have a special talent. His friends try to help him out by suggesting their own talents such as burping the alphabet or swallowing a whole marlin. Eventually he gives up on a talent and decides to help organize the show instead. Who will win the show, and how important will Penguin's part be? Some talents can't be performed in a show.

I am in love with the illustrations of this book. They are adorably simple. The story is sweet, but it also has some good humor. I love the page where Rabbit tries to help Penguin find his talent. You have to read it to see what I mean. This book is a little long to do in a preschool storytime, but I think it would be perfect for Kindergarten or for a small group. I work in the children's department of a library, and I can think of a lot of young children to recommend this book to, as well as a few parents of not-so-young children. Parents and children will both appreciate this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Penguin's Hidden Talent 1 Jan. 2013
By Patricia aka Mamaw - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Penguin was just as excited as his friends about the Talent Show. All of his friends have a talent and are entering the Talent Show. Penguin thought and thought and could not come up with a talent. He discussed this with his friends and they tried to teach Penguin their talent but there was no use, Penguin in his opinion was untalented.

Penguin told his friends it was okay he would plan the Talent Show. He busied himself on the phone, making posters and many other things for the show.

His friends were amazed at the wonderful job Penguin did arranging everything. The Talent Show was a big success and his friends won many prizes. It made him sad that he had not been able to enter the Talent Show. His friends watched him leave and they felt so sorry for Penguin. They wondered what could they do to show their thanks for all the work he did to arrange the talent show. So they gave him a party which was the worst party anyone had ever arranged.

Surely Penguin had a talent. Do you think he was jealous of his friends talent? What do you think was Penguin's talent? What did he do for the Talent Show?

Be sure to grab a copy of this book and find out what was Penguin's talent.

The author points out that everyone has a talent only if they believe in themselves and are persistent in searching deep within for that hidden talent. I remember hearing my grandmother say, "An ear should not be jealous of the nose or a hand be jealous of the foot. They are all very important so when we say we are not as pretty or talented as someone else, we are very wrong because we are each important in many ways." This works both ways for you or someone else. We each have a purpose!

The illustrations depict the story of the characters and their surroundings. Way too cute! Many things for the child to find and point out and name with the encouragement of the story teller.

I recommend this book for children ages 4-8!

I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great illustrations and cute story 17 May 2015
By Tara M. - Published on
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My 2-year-old LOVED this book at the library so he wanted to buy it with his Christmas money. He's not as into it now that we bought it, of course! But he still likes it, and it's a cute book. The illustrations are cute and I like the layout of the illustrations and words. The story has good humor in it, and teaches a kind of lesson, although it's a bit odd here and there (which isn't bad). For instance, Penguin's friends try to cheer him up by throwing him a party, but "it wasn't a very good one." The point is that Penguin can throw a better party himself because that is his hidden talent, but my 2 and 5 year old boys were both like, "Aw. That's not very nice. They tried their best to throw him a party." But hey, that's life. Some people just aren't good at the same things. :) A few things like that, but you talk about it, and it's fine. There are many stories like that. It has silly moments and lots of neat things to look at. My 2-year-old can quote the whole story.
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