Kids Can Press, 2006
A young penguin who lives at the South Pole learns her father has a new job – in the North Pole!! Little Augustine is not happy about moving and leaving behind her extended family and friends. But she learns to make new friends at her new school by sharing her love of drawing with the other students.
Augustine, named after the artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir and her penguin doll, Picasso, love art. Augustine draws all of the time and puts herself in famous paintings. She learns how to pack up her room, say good-bye and then learns to say hello to new friends.
This is a very cute book with wonderful illustrations. The lessons that can be learned are about moving – always traumatic for any youngster – human or kitten; and also about how art is a universal language that can be and should be shared.
I really like how the author/illustrator had a famous painting on each page-spread modified with Augustine’s touch. My favorites were Renoir’s Girl with a Watering Can; Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory; Edvard Munch’s The Scream; and Andy Warhol’s Campbell Soup Can.
Rating 4 out of 5 paws