Waiting for Mama

Waiting for Mama
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March 29, 2022
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New York Times bestselling illustrator Gianna Marino reveals the enduring importance of family in a picture book perfect for Mother's Day and Father's Day!

"When everyone is sleeping, all I can hear is Papa's heart. Boom-Boom-Boom. My papa loves me."

It's deep winter in the Antarctic and a little penguin baby waits in the cold and snow for its mama to return from her long journey to find food. But all the while, the baby is protected and kept warm by its papa, until Mama returns with food . . . and love.

With stunning illustrations and a spare but powerful story, Gianna Marino captures the icy beauty of Antarctica and the wonders of a penguin family that thrives there.

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Emperor Penguins
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Baby Penguin sits in his egg, waiting for his mama. His dad keeps him warm by holding him on top of his feet, working as a shield against the frigid winds. Sometimes he falls over, but his dad knows how to get him right back where he belongs. Baby Penguin is ready to hatch, but where's his mama? Should he wait for her to come back before he does?

WAITING FOR MAMA teaches children about the family dynamics of Emperor Penguins with cute illustrations and corresponding dialogue. The mama goes hunting for food while the papa watches the egg and protects it from the cold. This book reads like a relaxing bedtime story since there isn't much stimulation, yet the topic of penguins intrigues children because it isn't an animal they see everyday. My daughter loved seeing the family structure of penguins and thought the baby one was adorable.

Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of animal behaviors, especially penguins. WAITING FOR MAMA is a simple structure perfect for children aged four and up to learn a bit about one of the coolest species of animals.
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