Penny Pangolin Wants a Pet

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Pub Date Mar 31 2023 | Archive Date Jul 12 2024

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In another installment of "Penny Pangolin and Friends," embark on an endearing journey of friendship, responsibility, and the unexpected joy of companionship in "Penny Pangolin Wants A Pet." This charming tale, perfect for fans of "Curious George" and "Berenstain Bears," introduces young readers to the adorable Penny Pangolin who longs for a pet to call her own.

The story opens on Penny's birthday, where instead of the pet she's been dreaming of, she receives... a plant. Though it isn't the pet she asked for, Penny's big heart leads her to cherish her new green friend.

Yet, despite her devotion, the quiet plant can't quite fill the companionship gap that a pet would. As Penny contemplates the perfect pet, she encounters a distressed "bearcat"―actually a red panda cub―leading to an adventure that teaches her about empathy, wildlife, and the joyous unpredictability of friendship.

Through vivid illustrations and engaging text, "Penny Pangolin Wants A Pet" highlights the significance of caring for others, whether they're plants, pets, or each other. It emphasizes the responsibility involved in pet ownership, making it an excellent conversation starter for families considering adding a pet to their home.

Moreover, this delightful narrative subtly educates readers about the diverse and endangered animals native to the Eastern regions, like the red panda. The book encourages respect and empathy for wildlife, often misunderstood or misrepresented.

At the end of the book, don't miss the special section about pangolins, their critical endangerment, and how each one of us, no matter our age, can contribute to their conservation. There's also a page showing all the background critters hidden throughout the book's illustrations, making sure to engage your child even more.

Kids ages: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 will love this heartwarming tale of friendship and responsibility. Join Penny and discover why the best friendships are often the ones you least expect!

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In another installment of "Penny Pangolin and Friends," embark on an endearing journey of friendship, responsibility, and the unexpected joy of companionship in "Penny Pangolin Wants A Pet." This...

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My daughter loved this and we enjoyed reading it to her! Definitely a good book for kids of all ages! --Amazon Review --This text refers to the paperback edition.

My daughter loved this and we enjoyed reading it to her! Definitely a good book for kids of all ages! --Amazon Review --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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Aw, I love this new world - the world of Penny Pangolin. It is authentic and unexpected. As I said in my review for another book in the series, despite being a children’s picture book, you do not expect some plot points/turning points coming. I appreciated the style of the pictures even more this time.
This is a good conversation about responsibility, expectations, the different steps in taking responsibilities, the care that needs to come with owning a pet, and family.
Mooky is adorable. Very interesting characters and setting.

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Penny Pangolin Wants a Pet is an appealing and colorful illustrated book for kids by Wayne D. Kramer. Released 13th March 2023, it's 34 pages and is available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook formats. For Kindle Unlimited subscribers, this book is currently included in the KU subscription library to borrow and read for free. The other books featuring Penny and friends are also currently available on KU.

This is a fun short story featuring Penny's quest to convince her parents to let her adopt a pet. The book is peppered throughout with small illustrated details and interesting background species of plants and animals in Penny's neighborhood.

The art by Jade Zivanovic is rendered electronically and is balanced, whimsical, colorful, and appealing. The drawings are full of small details which invite readers to pause and take a closer look. In fact, the author/illustrator have hidden some animals and items in the pictures scattered throughout the book which invite readers to page through and find later.

It's not just a fun anthropomorphic animal adventure, the author has included information about species conservation (they're critically endangered in the wild) and the importance of helping protect wildlife and nature. They've provided links for further reading and a QR code for more content.

Five stars. Really cute short story with some good messages. This would be a good choice for public or school library acquisition, home use, or gift giving.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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Penny was a wonderful little girl who always listened to her parents, even when they gave her a plant for a pet. She took excellent care of it, which spoke volumes to her parents.

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Adorable story of how Penny Pangolin becomes a pet owner. I have to admit to some slight envy at the pet Penny ends up with because it is such a fun choice. Another delightful book in the series of Penny Pangolin with more marvellous illustrations provided by Jade Zivanovic. Thanks for the ability to read this book

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Penny was given a plant for her birthday and tried to treat it as a pet, but it just didn't work out. As she was out and about a neighbor was irate because a pest was eating his garden so he trapped it in a humane trap. Penny felt sorry for the red panda cub and it became her very own pet. It was even found out that the little one was an orphan! A veritable treat/exercise for the eyes to enjoy the panoply of characters and scenes of everything in the village. Be sure to use the QR Code to learn more about the animals and more!
The illustrations by Jade Zivanovic are fun, intricate, brilliantly colorful, and delightful.
Well suited for reading alone or WITH someone of any age including ESL, and great for gifting to everyone, but especially to a school or your local public library!
I requested and received a free temporary e-book on PDF from BooksGoSocial via NetGalley. Thank you!
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Penny Pangolin Wants a Pet is another cute story in the Penny Pangolin and Friends series. In this book Penny, the scaly anteater, befriends a red panda after releasing it from a cage. After which, they both become best friends and companions.

With adorable illustrations, young ones will learn about compassion, empathy, and companionship. And at the end of the book, young ones will acquire knowledge about pangolins -- their habitat, status and other interesting facts. Five stars.

I was invited to read a DRC from BooksGoSocial. This review is completely my own and reflects my honest thoughts and opinions.

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Penny is back and this time she wants a pet. She has to prove to her parents that she is responsible enough to care for a pet. I loved the illustrations and I will be recommending this one!

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