Jumping Penguins by Marije Tolman (Lemniscaat USA, 2011) is a nonfiction book about animals with an element of fantasy in the clever illustrations. Each page of Tolman’s book provides facts about a different animal (50 animals are discussed in all). There are no connections between pages, and some pages rather randomly name a few facts about the animals. But this makes it a simply fun book to read.
My son enjoyed reading the animal facts as well, although I will say that some of the randomness of the facts confused him. The polar bears page stated simply, “Most polar bears are left-handed, as are most artists.” With the fantastic illustration of a left-handed bear painting, my son determined this to mean that polar bears are artists. Most pages had slightly longer facts, and that was the only page that threw off my son.
In general, while Jumping Penguins is a random collection of facts, it still makes for fun reading. I greatly enjoyed it, and I recommend it to the student interested in learning more about animals.