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Delightfully Different Dilly

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Delightfully different dilly is a cute book about a penguin named dilly. He's a little bit different than the other penguins, but he makes the best with what he has. His friends love him & celebrate his differences. However, the parents label him as a bad penguin so Dilly must now win them over. This is an adorable book, and I loved the scenic backgrounds. I also really enjoyed that this is a book celebrating differences that didn't have the other kids being bullies.
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The cover alone is super cute, let alone getting into the meat of this story!

Who doesn't love penguins with cute names? Or pengwings... If you get the joke, comment below!

Dilly is different than everyone else - she hops! Why, you might ask? She only has one leg! All she is trying to do is fit in, yet the other penguin parents think she is a bad influence because she's different. Yet she's not doing a single thing wrong! She's just being herself and living her best life. Until one day, she proves to be a huge asset to all of the penguins in her little town...

This is a great story about how being different can actually help the group as a whole. I think this is a lovely tale that children everywhere all be able to relate to and smile about.

Four out of five stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.
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Thanks to NetGalley, Quarto Publishing and Happy Yak for providing me with this free copy in return for my honest review.
The title says it all friends. What a fun and delightful book about Dilly the Penguin who, when born, looked like all other penguins, whose parents loved her despite the fact that she was born with a handicap. You see Dilly was born with only one leg and, instead of waddling across the snow and ice, she hopped from here to there. She learned ways of moving that overcame her handicap and became friends with all the other baby penguins. Adults were appalled at her difference, but when the time came Dilly was up to the task and helped rescue other penguins thanks to her hopping abilities.
A wonderful book about being different, acceptance of others with handicaps, and how one little penguin could overcome her disability and lead a normal life. A wonderful story that is enhanced by the charming illustrations of Liam Darcy, this is one book that should be on everyones birthday or Christmas list. Great work, and love the name Happy Yak publishing. Quarto has a lot of good books out there and this is a solid addition to their portfolio.
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Dilly the penguin hatches with only one leg, as as with so many children, her parents are absolutely delighted with her. Despite only having one leg and having to hop and find other ways to get around, Dilly manages to keep up with the other young penguins in her own ways. Though the other parents are concerned when their children begin copying her movements, they all applaud when Dilly manages to save the day.

Elizabeth Dale’s Delightfully Different Dilly is a sweet book for toddlers and preschoolers about embracing our differences and accepting each other for who we are. It is also a reminder to parents that children are much more accepting. We can learn a lot from one another.
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When a little penguin is born with only one foot, she finds her own way to excel. The other penguin babies love the way she hops, but their parents are worried Dilly is too different. But it's her unique strengths that help save her and two other baby penguins in the end. A cute story about physical differences and the ways in which we all have our own differences and strengths. The book is full of wonderfully bright illustrations, too.
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This is the story of Dilly, the penguin who was born a little different. The other little penguins accept him and how he moves. The adult penguins are as not accepting and he tried to be like everyone else. Luckily, he saves himself and 2 friends with his difference.

I really liked this book. I like how accepting the little penguins were and how they tried to move like Dilly. I like the ending message-maybe they could do with a little change. Highly recommend, especially for younger audiences.
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I enjoyed this book. The pictures were adorable, and the message of the story is very timely. I especially like the all the other penguin kids are accepting of Dilly, and those children work to change the minds of their parents. I think this would make a wonder read aloud book for story time.
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An adorable children's book read. My 3.5 year old really liked the artwork and I liked the message that being different is a delightful thing, not bad.
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Thanks to the publishers for sharing this one. It's adorable! My full review appears on Weekend Notes.
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Delightfully Different Dilly is an adorable book about a penguin who was born with only one leg. Her parents adore her and she finds ways to adapt to this difference. Adult penguins begin judging her harshly as she does things a little differently than her peers. She ends up helping her friends when they can't help themselves and the community fully embraces her and her unique abilities. The plot definitely reminded me of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. It's an adorable book about embracing differences, but I don't think anyone should have to prove themselves in order to be seen as a valued part of their community. I think toddlers will really enjoy the beautiful illustrations and story. 

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC.
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I wanted to like this book. It sounded fun from the description and the art is cute, but as I moved into it, I couldn't help feeling like I was reading a lesser version of the movie Happy Feet. Ultimately, I put it down without finishing.
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Oh, my! I’m so in love with the illustrations! Dilly is a cutie, sweetie baby penguin with one leg. She hops around, twirls, and dives as she cannot waddle like the others. Not all penguin parents like this. But when Dilly’s hopping saves them, they acknowledge that being different is not wrong. In fact, they should also try different things and have fun. 
The message for kids is presented in the cutest possible manner. The illustrations are soft and soothing. The detailing is wonderful. Dilly looks so cute that I wish to have a soft toy like her. The language is simple and easy to understand. This is a great book for the little ones. 
Thank you, NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group, for the ARC.
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Penguins are animals that live in a community. In general, they are all the same, they behave the same, they like to be together and their lives always follow a routine.

Dilly was different from the moment she was born. But this was no problem for her and her parents who continued their community life as they had always done.

Dilly was happy and involved in all activities without the slightest problem. The other penguins once mentioned her difference, but they learned to accept and love Dilly as she was.

But with adults, everything was much more complicated. They looked at Dilly with suspicion. They did not accept it despite having shown on many occasions that being different did not have to be a problem, on the contrary.

But as often happens in these cases, life took care to show them how wrong they were to be carried away by prejudices and ideas without any foundation.

This is a beautiful children’s story because of both the content and the way it is presented. The drawings are sweet, endearing and beautiful.

Delightfully Different Dilly is a story about difference, love and acceptance. It shows children in a very close way and with a simple language, the importance of learning to accept others as they are without trying to change them. To be tolerant even in the face of what we do not know or understand.

But it also highlights something as important as learning from others, from their circumstances and differences. That it is so important to know how to recognize what unites us as everything that differentiates us and makes us unique and special as individuals.

Delightfully Different Dilly is a sweet, beautiful and much needed children’s story for the great message it conveys.
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I loved the illustrations in this book!

Dilly is such a wonderful character too!

I love that the book embraces Dilly’s differences in the end too

The book has a really positive message and I read it with my daughter who loved it

It is a hit from us! 5 stars – very highly recommended!
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An excellent story for adults to read to children and for ESL to polish their English while establishing a basic truth. Being loved and being different can be a really good thing and it only takes a special circumstance to make others know this. And it's fun!
The illustrations that are mostly simple, bright, and forthright as created by Liam Darcy.
I requested and received a free temporary ebook copy from Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
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Such a "delightful" book!  I think kids all over the globe are going to fall in love with little Dilly.  
This is such a fantastic way to spread the message to little kids that everyone's differences can be used and seen in a positive light.  All of us look different, act different, talk different, yet, that doesn't mean we should treat each other differently.  Dilly was born with one leg/foot instead of two, but he didn't let that stop him.  Instead of walking, he hopped.  In the end, his diversification was used in aiding him and his friends.  This demonstrated to the other penguins that the alteration in his appearance and use of one leg/foot could be used and seen as a positive instead of a negative.  

Loved the book.  Will recommend it.

Thank you Elizabeth Dale, NetGalley, and Quarto Publishing Group-Frances Lincoln Children's Books for the advanced reader's copy.
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Delightfully Different Dilly is one of our all-time favorite picture books. Elizabeth Dale has created the most incredible children's book about a group of penguin friends. My daughter loved the story and the illustrations. The story gave space to delight in Dilly, to express empathy and compassion when she was treated badly, and to celebrate the growth in the other characters as they changed their ways. This is a wonderful book for all children. I would add it to every classroom and library as well! 

The publisher made a copy of this book available for review. This is my honest opinion.
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I love penguins. I wanted to love this book, especially with disability representation so needed. But then this book fell into the awful tropes of "the disabled person is bullied for who they are, and that only stops when they prove useful to the able-bodied" and "their disability is turned into a fun quirky thing for able-bodied people to copy when they're feeling goofy" So, not great at all.
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"'It seems it's good to be different,' said Popple's daddy. 
'Yes, maybe we could all do with a little change,' said Pip's daddy."

A fun and playful story of a disabled penguin--Dilly, who was born with only one leg. I appreciated how realistically the characters treat Dilly--they are unsure and judgmental. Dilly always carries herself with a positive, hopeful attitude. Then, when Dilly saves some penguins due to the special strengths she's gained due to her disability, everyone now praises and values her.

I believe this is an important book. It's important to introduce the concept of disability to young children--and this is a fun and positive way. 

The illustrations are colorful and fun, and Dilly is adorable. The text is clear and enjoyable to read.

I read with my daughters who are 6 and 8. My 8 year old has a disability (type one diabetes), and she often feels different with all the gadgets she has to wear--along with all of the other issues of having a chronic illness. Both of my daughters enjoyed the story, as did I. 

I believe this book is helpful for a younger audience. I would be careful with older kids, though. I don't want my daughter thinking she always have to be cheerful about her disability or to always find the positive--as, well, that's toxic positivity. And, the brutal truth is there AREN'T always positives to a disability -- sometimes it's just awful. 

Overall, though, I think this book is important for the target audience of younger children. It's important for them to be aware of disabilities and that there are different struggles people (or penguins!) go through.
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I'm giving this book 2 stars based on the illustrations only. I did not like the book at all. I feel like the message got lost in this book. I feel the author was trying to show it's okay to be different, but that's not the message that was received. In the first page, it said the penguins liked the fact that they were all the same. Then out comes a unique penguin and it is rejected and told to stop being different by the adults. That is terrible. Only when there were other's in trouble and Dilly saved them did he get accepted. Is this really the message we want to send to the children?
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