As a fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team, I grabbed Baby Penguins Everywhere! by Melissa Guion on first glance simply because penguins and then because BABY PENGUINS!!!
What starts out as a cute story about a lonely lady penguin finding a magical hat, from which emerges an astonishing number of baby penguins, soon becomes a lesson in self-care. Even in the midst of those we know and love, people (and penguins) sometimes need a moment to themselves… to regroup, to think, or just to catch one’s breath.
Sometimes, in the struggle to be supportive and make ourselves available for friends and family, we forget all about me-time. It is important to take some time for ourselves, to reflect on our lives and where we are headed, and it is my plan in 2016 to devote at least a morning to spending time with myself.
Parents will probably enjoy the moral of the story more than their children, but this book is a great way to let kids know that its okay to need alone time.
In the end, Ms. Penguin and her flock of baby penguins are happy as can be spending time with each other as they frolic and play in their frozen home, even while they remember that it’s okay to need alone time… That there will always be people (or penguins) there for them when they come back into the craziness of family and friends.
A solid book to start the new year off with!