Waiting for Mama by Gianna Marino

Published by Viking Books for Young Readers

Summary:  A penguin egg narrates what it hears as its mother goes for food and its father keeps it warm and safe, tucked between his feet.  Finally, the egg hatches, and the baby is able to see its dad.  When the mother penguins all return, the baby listens for its mother’s distinctive sounds.  Finally, it recognizes her, and the family is reunited.  Includes additional information about emperor penguins.  40 pages; ages 2-6.

Pros:  Beautiful illustrations depict penguin scenes both close-up and zoomed out, backed by gorgeous Antarctic sky.  Does double duty as a perfect read for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

Cons:  Cons for a book about animal parents on Mother’s Day? Not on my watch.  

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