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Paperback Book Details
  • 08/2021
  • 9781737747918
  • 32 pages
  • $10.99
Hardcover Book Details
  • 08/2021
  • 9781737747901
  • 32 pages
  • $19.99
Ebook Details
  • 09/2021
  • 9781737747925
  • 32 pages
  • $4.99
Pengwee's Breath

Picture Book; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

Pengwee’s Breath is a tender-hearted story of a young penguin who learns that his own breath gives him the power to calm his fears. As Pengwee prepares for a fun packed day at the Ice Festival, he is both excited and a little anxious. Thinking about big rides makes Pengwee feel like there are snowstorms in his tummy and clouds in his head. And the biggest ride of all is the Ice Monster, which Pengwee’s best friend Ruby wants Pengwee to ride with her. Through Pengwee’s adventure in overcoming his fears, children learn that simple breathing techniques can change the way they experience the world. Basic concepts of mindfulness for kids and breathing techniques to calm children. Ages 3-7.
Reviews
An adorable penguin learns to conquer his fears by practicing deep breathing in this picture book debut by Nutley. Pengwee, a young penguin chick, is excited to attend the annual Ice Festival with his mother, and he loves everything about it, with the exception of the “big scary rides'' that make him feel like “there’s a snowstorm in my tummy and clouds in my head.” When he shares his uneasiness with his mother, she teaches him how to use deep breathing to calm the storm inside, and Pengwee gets a chance to put his skills to the test when he faces the scariest ride of them all–the Ice Monster.

Young readers will delight in Pengwee, who is lovably innocent as he tries to master the art of deep breathing. His first attempt at a “Superpower Breath” comes out with such power he nearly knocks over his mother, but it doesn’t take him long to learn the ropes, and soon he is able to defeat even seemingly insurmountable fears. The Ice Festival is also irresistible–a winter-themed extravaganza of carnival games, entertainment, and tempting penguin snacks, like the “imported fried smelt” or “whale blubber cones.” Alexandra Rusu’s whimsical watercolor illustrations add a dreamlike feel, with subtle lines and cool shades that match the story’s midwinter motif.

Nutley offers a sliver of suspense alongside the charm by embracing thrill rides that can be intimidating to so many kids. Once Pengwee learns to put his emotional calming talents to use, the Ice Monster is transformed in his eyes from terrifying to exhilarating–a concept notably important to Nutley, who is a certified meditation instructor with a fondness for teaching mindfulness to youth. Adult readers will appreciate the introduction to self-soothing, and this engaging story adeptly captures the intensity of childhood fears–and the skills to handle them.

Takeaway: A young penguin learns–and shows readers–how deep breathing can help overcome fears.

Great for fans of: Rachel Bright’s The Lion Inside, Gaia Cornwall’s Jabari Jumps.

Production grades
Cover: A-
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: B

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 08/2021
  • 9781737747918
  • 32 pages
  • $10.99
Hardcover Book Details
  • 08/2021
  • 9781737747901
  • 32 pages
  • $19.99
Ebook Details
  • 09/2021
  • 9781737747925
  • 32 pages
  • $4.99

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