Delightfully Different Dilly
by Elizabeth Dale
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Pub Date 20 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 17 Aug 2021
A charming and touching story—Dilly is a delightful character with a strong voice and a great tale of acceptance and change.
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When Dilly is born her parents think she is perfect, as all parents would! Dilly's friends eventually notice that she is different but Dilly embraces her difference & her friends learn to embrace it as well. The other parents, not so much. After a near tragedy when Dilly's difference ends up being the difference that saves the day &her friends, her friend's parents see that different is not bad & come to love Dilly too ❤ A sweet story that can be a wonderful teaching moment for kids ( and maybe some adults😉).
A sweet book about accepting others and embracing differences. This book is wonderful for young readers and will spark great conversations about being different, loving everyone, and standing out!
This story about a baby penguin who only has one foot… absolutely the most adorable and heartwarming children’s book!!! Dilly was born with only one foot so she has learned to hop everywhere and do all sorts of tricks— this upsets some of the parents of other baby penguins until one day, Dilly’s difference saves the day. This story highlights how just because you’re different than what “normal” seems to be, doesn’t mean you’re less than or aren’t valuable to society. You are perfect just as you are and you do not need to change because of someone else’s opinion. I love this message and love that it is brought forth to kids in such a fun and adorable way! I hope a lot of kids will be able to find themselves in Dilly. 5/5⭐️
I thought I'd end up reminding people about the existence of "Happy Feet" here, but this is different enough. And difference is the subject, too, as a one-legged penguin chick gets a pirouetting, hopping lifestyle that irks the parents of her friends. The moral of the virtue in being different is rather forcefully slammed on to the page by the end, but this remains a charming read, especially visually. Easily four stars
I loved the illustrations! Penguins are always a favorite subject in the primary grades. A fun and engaging way to show how being different is an asset!
Dilly is an adorable baby penguin who is different from all the others. She was born with an abnormality. She is missing one of her little legs so of course she does things differently than the other baby penguins do. While they waddle everywhere Dilly hops, rolls, twirls, and is able to jump very high using her one strong leg. The adult penguins worry about Dilly's abilities and point out all of her short-comings which make Dilly very sad. Her friends support her and help celebrate her differences. They accept Dilly exactly as she is. One day Dilly's discrepancies turn her into a Superhero amongst her peers and the adult colony. The illustrations are beautiful, expressive and fun. The message is positive and inspiring for both young and old. This heartwarming book will spark meaningful conversations regarding acceptance, friendship and change. I highly recommend it. Kids will love it I'm sure!
Dilly's parents thought she was perfect when she was born but as time went on they learned that something just wasn't the same as the other little penguins in their group. Dilly didn't waddle like the other penguins she hopped. The other little penguins tried hopping but they didn't like it and wasn't very good at it. Dilly adapted and learned to do things differently. The adult penguins wanted Dilly to stop doing things differently than the other penguins. They were mean to Dilly. She stopped being different and she had a hard time. Then Dilly and two of her friends fell into a hole. The adult penguins couldn't seen them. Then Dilly to the rescue because she could hop up and down they found them and rescued them. Then the adult penguins apologize to Dilly for being mean and said sometimes it is good to be different. This book teaches a good lesson that just because someone is different doesn't mean that is a bad thing.
I read this book to my 2 year old son. He enjoyed the pictures and I enjoyed the message..while he's a bit young to understand it. It truly goes to show that children may notice differences, but they don't seem bothered by them and in fact even embrace them. It is adults who have problems with people different than them. This book shows a very good lesson that our differences are what make us unique and helpful in all different situations.
This is a children's book that I read to my kids. This is one of the cuteness and sweetness children's books I have read in a long time. I love the pictures and the message. This book shows kids that it is ok to be different which is one of the best message. This book is written so kids can understand the message without any problem. All my kids loved this book so much. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Happy Yak) or author (Elizabeth Dale) via NetGalley, so I can give an honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. This book is schedule to be release on July 20-2021.
A big thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing-Francis Lincoln Children's Books/Happy Yak for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. This is a gorgeous children's book. It is a story of a penguin born with one foot. That being different is okay. Acceptance and loving aren't swayed by appearance. A lovely reminder to us all and beautifully illustrated. Very cute story. 4 stars
A cute story with cute illustrations. Dilly was born with one leg and her parents think she is perfect. The story is about how Dilly has to do things differently. It points out the positives like she has a strong leg and can hop high. But also points out that some things are harder. The only thing I didn’t like is how the adult penguins are the ones who tell Dilly she has to be like everyone else and stop being different and “teaching their kids strange things”. It reminds me of the original Rudolph movie.
This is a very, very cute book, with adorable illustrations. Dilly is born different, and, with the instinctive acceptance most of us are born with, she sees nothing "bad" or "other" about herself and how she adapts, and neither do her peers. Unfortunately, other adult penguins do not share this acceptance, and Dilly is shamed until she proves herself useful and the naysayers realize their error. On the one hand, it's a good story to show kids how discrimination hurts and how everyone has unique gifts to share. On the other hand, I would have LOVED to see the story unfold without Dilly having to have been hurt. It would have been neat to see a positive story of unconditional acceptance and celebration of the things that make us unique. I wonder if we're ready to move away from the "Rudolph" arc where your difference is "bad" until you demonstrate your worthiness. If I were reading this to kids, I would spend as much time as possible emphasizing the first act, with Dilly and her friends, and maybe possibly skipping through the rest. Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
This was an adorable book teaching kids about acceptance, the strength in all of us and the beauty of unity in diversity. Dilly was born different, does things differently than the average penguin chick yet she's exactly like any other toddler, full of life and laughter. I adored the artwork and the way it (and the text both) floated through the pages. I like how fluid and interactive a story can get when the text and the artwork are both dynamic. The targeted age group was very clear, so I would definitely recommend this book for purchase. I also like to add that I adored how the prints appeared in the snow at the endpapers it was such a cute detail to add. I received an e-arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Dilly is a baby penguin born with only one foot. Her parents find her absolutely perfect. Dilly on the other hand, has to do many things differently to overcome her physical challenge, irking the other penguins who just find her ‘different’. One day however Dilly’s difference turns her into a hero as she saves her friends stuck in a snow hole. A nice comforting read about accepting others for who they are…
Thank you to the author, Quarto Publishing and NetGalley, for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This is a lovely children's book about what being different than "normal" can mean, and that it doesn't mean you're less than. The central message of accepting others and embracing differences is emphasized by the story, and provides a great place to start conversations with children. The only - minor - quibble I have is that I find the illustrations a bit too cutesy.
I loved this story and so did my son and daughter. The message is beautiful and although my children are still small (4 and almost 3) they understood the message. The illustrations are also very beautiful. I definitely recommend it.
The hearts of children everywhere will be instantly captivated by the cuteness and delightfulness of Dilly and the other 'babies'. The author has brilliantly woven and subtly crafted an important and essential message within the seemingly straightforward story. Dale turned what some may call "different," into Dilly's strong point and to still have the ability to reach out effectively, benefiting others in fun and frolic, as well as in a more serious happenstance. This is a book I would have definitely wanted to read to my own children! ~Eunice C. - Reviewer/Blogger~ July 2021 <img src="https://www.netgalley.com/badge/cf2fce0010ac49470f7aaac163c019ba6fdcac19" width="80" height="80" alt="Professional Reader" title="Professional Reader"/>
A delightful little story about how being different can be a good thing. Plus it has a disability element that is well handled. Very cute.
Delightfully Different Dilly by Elizabeth Dale is a cute story about a penguin with physical differences and how it impacts her relationships with other penguins. Themes of recognizing and celebrating differences, friendship, kindness and confidence appear throughout the story, which are fantastic to support lessons about those topics in class. The adorable illustrations will appeal to young readers, and they will connect with Dilly and her actions throughout the story.
This was a cute children’s book that reminded me a bit of Happy Feet. I liked the way the disability was explained in order for younger children to understand. The kids don’t know or understand the differences in each other until the adults tell them what they are. This rings true in real life as well. This was a very enlightening and child appropriate book about disability and discrimination for younger readers. I loved the illustrations as well. Thanks NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for the opportunity to review this ARC
Oh my gosh! I loved this book. And even better, my son adored it too. He loves penguins. It made him so sad when dilly was being judged for being different. We will definitely be buying this one for our home library! I loved that or teaches diversity.
I loved this book! It was adorable, and the illustrations were amazing. I love how the baby penguin Dilly accepted his differences, and so did the other babies!
When you see a book with a cute cover and a cute name, you expect the content to match up. And it sure does in this sweet little book. As the title suggests, Dilly is a “delightfully different” penguin. Born with only one foot, she uses it to hop rather than waddle. While her young penguin friends find her antics funny and want to copy her distinctive style, the other adults find her a bad influence on their children. As creatures of habit, they appreciate the sameness and the continuation of established protocols. But time shows that being different doesn’t mean being dangerous and that change can be good too. The story is great for young kids. The moral is excellent. The illustrations are adorable! The vocabulary level is just at the right level for the target readers. Happily and wholeheartedly recommended. Thank you, NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group, for the ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Our family is big into penguins, so this story will be a perfect addition to our family library! In the story, Delightfully Different Dilly, you meet a young penguin that is different from all the other baby penguins. Dilly was born with only one flipper, so she has to do things differently than the other baby penguins. Sometimes the older penguins make comments about how she's different. However, after a truly Dilly-esk rescue, Dilly finds acceptance and love for just the way she is.
What a lovely story to read! It’s ok to be different! Such a beautiful way to reach out little ones how to embrace differences and learn about diversity. The illustrations are very cute, I enjoyed the theme of the Antarctic.
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.
"'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.
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.
Thanks to the publishers for sharing this one. It's adorable! My full review appears on Weekend Notes.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.