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Penguin Cha Cha by Kristi Valiant: Book Review from Hannah Rials

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“They may look like normal waddling, toddling penguins….but Julia has discovers their secret.”
Penguin Cha Cha shares the fun and vibrant story of a determined girl named Julia as she tries to join in the fun of a mischevious group of dancing penguins. Set in Romping Chomping Park and Zoo, author/illustrator Kristi Valiant creates a vibrant, funny, and spirited picture book that will leave young readers shaking their very own tail feathers.
Penguin Cha Cha

Julia loves magic shows and the zoo, and when she sees a sneaky flipper snatching a boa from a magic show, she just must check it out. She must solve the mystery of the penguins! But when she goes to spy on them, they just stand there, staring. But when they think no one’s watching, they break into spins and twirls, dips and whirls—they are dancing!! Being a dance lover herself, Julia decides that she must join in the fun, only one problem: the penguins won’t accept her. She tries everything—blending in, dancing, grabbing a partner. So what does she have to do? When will these picky penguins finally accept her?
My Opinion:
I absolutely love this charming story of Julia and her penguin partners. Jumping from illustrator to illustrator AND author, Kristi Valiant tells a beautiful, fun story with her words and charming illustrations! I love the idea of penguins skating across the ice, dipping and twirling. And Julia’s determination to be accepted is quite admirable.
Something To Do
I love this Penguin Popsicle Craft from 7 on a Shoestring!
Penguin Popsicle Craft
Author Kristi has some wonderful activities on her site including this Storytime Kit:
Penguin Storytime Kit

Download the Free Storytime Kit

This Storytime Kit is designed to complement a reading of the picture book Penguin Cha-Cha and contains the following:

• Event Invitation

• The Penguin Popsicle Game

• If You’re a Dancer and You Know It

• Penguin Props

• Penguin Family Portrait

• Make a Dancing Penguin Craft

• Coloring Sheet

Julia’s Penguin Disguise:
  • Black long-sleeve shirt
  • Black pants
  • Glasses
  • Orange paper triangle beak (taped to bottom of glasses)
  • White pillow tied with string
  • No shoes (think like a penguin!)
Sparked Ideas blog has this adorable penguin marshmellow activity:
Penguin Marshmellow
How to Cha Cha like the Penguins:

written by Hannah Rials

Born in the hills of Louisiana and raised in the mountains of Tennessee, Hannah Rials is a seventeen year old aspiring author and editor. She’s been writing short stories since she was a little girl, but for the past several years, she has been writing, editing, and reediting a novel of her own that she hopes to publish in the near future.  Hannah has always loved reading and the world of books. With a librarian grandmother who can tell the most magical stories, how could she not fall in love with the written word. Her library collection and love for books grows every day.

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