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Blue Penguin and the Sensational Surf (Book) Review

 
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A colorful story that teaches while it engages.

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Too many color names can become a tongue twister at times.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Cowabunga! It’s time for the Fujimini Island Swim and Surf School to open, and the animals are stoked for their big day. Blue Penguin will teach the classes, and a host of his animal friends in all colors of the rainbow will help to keep things running smoothly. When Blue Bay Dolphin stops by with […]

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Posted March 10, 2014 by

 
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Cowabunga!

It’s time for the Fujimini Island Swim and Surf School to open, and the animals are stoked for their big day. Blue Penguin will teach the classes, and a host of his animal friends in all colors of the rainbow will help to keep things running smoothly. When Blue Bay Dolphin stops by with word of a Kappa sighting, the animals are worried but determined to keep their big day running on schedule.

Kappas are legendary creatures that resemble a cross between a monkey and a turtle, and they are said to be very naughty. When Blue Penguin heads farther out to sea to show off during the surf lessons, his students Silver Bunny, Green Hamster, Pink Hamster and Rainbow Panda soon get a chance to find out for themselves just how naughty a Kappa can be. The animals will all learn a lesson about working together and trusting your friends, and Blue Penguin will learn that there’s a time and place for showing off his skills – and it’s not during lessons.

Blue Penguin and the Sensational Surf is a part of the Fujimini Island series of children’s books which feature a host of animals working together and learning valuable lessons. All of the animals are named after their color, making it easy for kids to keep track of who is who. Much of the book is inspired by Asian culture, and the book explains these influences fully in a nice glossary at the end. This provides both a different type of story of story, and an opportunity to learn about other cultures, which is a nice touch.

In addition to the storybook, Blue Penguin and the Sensational Surf has also been released as an animated book on iTunes, featuring the well known voices of George Takei, Anita Vora, and Jason Richter. However you choose to enjoy Blue Penguin and the Sensational Surf, it’s a colorful story with tons of cute animals to keep your kids enthralled, and the Asian influences mean it’s likely a lot different than the same old stories you’re reading every night. My five year old especially enjoyed the explanations of everything from Chinese junk boats to ribbon writing. While sometimes the color names of the animals can feel a bit overdone (as when Blue Penguin, Blue Whale, and Blue Bay Dolphin all show up in the story), it’s overall a fun take on teaching kids through reading.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)