Penny Pangolin and the Missing Ant Cake

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Pub Date Mar 31 2023 | Archive Date Jul 12 2024

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Experience the charming world of "Penny Pangolin and Friends" in "Penny Pangolin and the Missing Ant Cake," a heartwarming tale of friendship, forgiveness, and sharing, perfect for fans of The Berenstain Bears and Little Critter series!

In this captivating story, Penny Pangolin is all aflutter with excitement: her friend Vin is coming to visit! Determined to make his arrival unforgettable, she decides there's no better way than with her Mom's famous lemon-ant cake. But when the cake goes missing, it's up to Penny and Vin to unravel the mystery.

As they embark on their quest, they encounter a colorful cast of characters, face the hidden dangers of the jungle, and discover the true value of sharing and forgiveness.

This delightful journey, reminiscent of the familial love in The Berenstain Bears and the individual adventure of Little Critter, "Penny Pangolin and the Missing Ant Cake" is more than just a whimsical tale. It's a celebration of wildlife, starring endangered Eastern creatures like pangolins, that brings attention to the beauty of these species and their plight in the wild.

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 be enthralled by Penny's adventures and inspired by her big heart, learning that true friendship means looking out for each other, even when things get a little prickly!

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Experience the charming world of "Penny Pangolin and Friends" in "Penny Pangolin and the Missing Ant Cake," a heartwarming tale of friendship, forgiveness, and sharing, perfect for fans of The...

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Penny wants to make a lemon-ant cake for her friend and it then goes missing! This lovely story has lessons about sharing and being a good neighbor. The author also weaves educational facts about pangolins seamlessly into the story. Children will love it! --Amazon Verified Review --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Penny wants to make a lemon-ant cake for her friend and it then goes missing! This lovely story has lessons about sharing and being a good neighbor. The author also weaves educational facts about...

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Yay! My child and I have never read a book with a pangolin as the MC. This proved to be a good first. It is not a long book and is suitable for all ages of kids, especially for those in their first 1-4 years of primary school. Yet, despite its length, it had two unexpected turns for us. This is a unique book that gives its characters agency and it deals with themes such as jealousy, adversaries, sharing, forgiveness, acceptance and ants. Save the pangolins! (Written for a great cause too).

The style of the pictures were easy to anticipate from the cover. This is not a style I personally like, though, it exceeded my expectations and I see why it was chosen as a style for this book series. It suits it. The pangolins, their life, and the vividness are depicted well via it. The font is cool too. My child said “this book is awesome”.

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Penny Pangolin and the Missing Ant Cake is an appealing and colorful illustrated book for kids by Wayne D. Kramer. Released 13th March 2023, it's 32 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 with a mystery. When Penny's baked lemon ant cake goes missing, she and her friend Vin go looking for clues to solve the mystery. 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.

Four 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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Vin was visiting Penny, and she wanted to impress him, and baked a wonderful cake. Now the question was, where is it? now that Vin had arrived, the cake was missing.

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This is such a gorgeous story and a great example of friendship and why it matters. It was also the first time I ever considered the idea of a lemon ant cake. The illustrations are delightful and a perfect accompaniment to the book. I know very little about Pangolins so this was fun even reading as an adult! Thanks for making this book available

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Penny is happy about a friend coming to visit so she and Mum bake their favorite cake. But when the friend gets there, there are only crumbs left! They find that the culprit has gone into the dangerous jungle with it and they all learn a lesson in forgiveness and sharing. I still think that these books are so much better in print!
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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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with this book for free in exchange for my review! All opinions are my own.

This is another children's book that reminded me of the books I read as a child, and I know I would've enjoyed this book as a youngster as well. It was pretty easy to follow and the illustrations were fun. I would read this to my child if I had one.

Many Thanks again to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.


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Part of the Penny Pangolin and Friends series, Penny Pangolin and the Missing Ant Cake is another cute story involving the scaly anteater.

In this book, we are introduced to Edit Aardvark, Penny’s neighbor who is another animal that shares a love of ants. Ants being both the aardvark’s and anteater’s favorite food.

With cute illustrations, young ones will learn about forgiveness, and sharing. There’s also some education information regarding the pangolin’s endangerment status, which I found to be very informative.

Penny Pangolin and the Missing Ant Cake is sure to please the young ones with cute characters and a fun story. Five stars.

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

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Super cute read. I loved that it was educational and fun. This is my second Penny Pangolin book and I will be purchasing it for my son.

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I learned something about Pangolins. First of all, I did not know their existence and of course the special way they protect themselves.

Penny Pangolin was expecting a special friend Vin. She had wanted to do something special for Vin and it required ants. However, her neighbor Edith was very upset that Penny was taking all the ants. Edith in her anger did something terrible. Edith had taken the gift for herself.

Their story speaks on forgiveness, anger, and being a friend to our enemy. Great lessons that Pangolins can teach us.

A special thank you to Books go Social and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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