Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin by Stephanie Ward(WITH GIVEAWAY!!!!!!)

My Thoughts:

Wally is an Emperor Penguin, living in the cold of Antarctica. He dreams of warmer weather, though, so when he hears about the Galapagos Islands, he takes a trip.

We started homeschooling Grasshopper last year(this school year), but we decided for an easy going approach right now. We don't have an official curriculum, though I'm sure that will change down the road. We like to learn mostly through books we chose at the start of the year, and random ones picked up here and there, based on interests at the time.

That is why I love books like this one. We get a nice little educational package all in one book, with plenty of room to add extras along the way(books, movies, coloring sheets, games, etc). It's a quick read, but for a learning type of book, even if a fun one, it was the perfect length for us. It didn't hurt that the story rhymes, since those are my favorite to read out loud.

My little ones were introduced to Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands. There is a map included right in the book, so while I did point out the places within the book on our wall map, I didn't have to. I was able to move back to the map right within the book each time I talked about the places.

There's also several animals talked about through the book. My little ones learned a bit about the Emperor Penguin, the Blue-footed Boobies, Galapagos Giant Tortoises, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, Galapagos Penguins, and Marine Iguanas. Each one of those animals get a "real" picture, and some extra information about them in the back of the book, which I really appreciated. We learn the heights/weights of those animals, too, so I was able to add a bit of math in the story time.

Before starting the book, I grabbed the "ice" and 3 penguins from our Penguin Pile-Up game for the boys to hold onto and play with. I don't always have little visuals for the books I read, but my boys always have fun when I do, and I was thrilled it worked out well with this book. Each of my boys were excited that they had their own Wally. There was even a bit of play acting after the story and lesson was over. Grasshopper had lots of questions throughout, which means it kept his attention, and his interests. Firefly and Bumblebee enjoyed the story and listened well, too. (I still struggle with them during reading times many days!)

Overall, this is a fun and educational book. My little ones loved it, and I had fun reading it to them.

*I was provided a review copy, in exchange for my honest opinion.


Purchase Links:


Kindle- Only 0.99!

Boomerang Books



The Giveaway:

Win a copy of Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin


A "Say Yes to Adventure" canvas tote

Would you like to win a copy of Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin for your little ones(or someone else) AND a "Say Yes to Adventure" canvas tote? Of course! ;)

Just leave me a comment, with an e-mail address, so I can contact you if you win. If you'd like to share the giveaway, you'll get a 2nd entry!


-US only
-Must be 13 or older
-Winner will be chosen by random.org.
-Ends May 19, 2015

Good luck!! :D



  1. Aw, this looks SO cute. For some reason since I was early teens, I've loved penguins. Perhaps it all started when I was a kid with the 3-2-1 Penguins show, I don't know. But since then, I've collected a few things here and there (i.e., penguin Beanie Babies, t-shirts, etc.) and it's been fun. This little book looks really sweet. :)

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  3. Wally is so very cute. I would love to give the book to my DIL's nieces but I'd keep the tote for myself. I think I need some new adventures. Maybe it would remind me to say yes.

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  4. So excited to see Wally here on Bluerose's Heart! Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway and for the wonderful review.

    Warm Wishes,