Back of Book:
“Welcome to Polar Bear Island. NO OTHERS ALLOWED!” Parker is the mayor of this peaceful, predictable island, and he wants to keep it just the way it is. But Kirby, a penguin, thinks the place is paradise, and she wants to stay. Parker says no, but the other polar bears love Kirby —and soon they’re begging Parker to let Kirby (and her family) move in. Will Parker agree . . . and make the island fun for EVERYONE?
I received a copy of this book from publisher Sterling Children’s Books in exchange for an honest review.
This is a terrific story for children with an important message that everyone brings something new and different to our world. Parker loves the predictability of his world. When Kirby comes to town, it throws his entire perspective off. I love the way that this story discusses inclusion and diversity in a way that children will understand and appreciate. A perfect way to open up discussions in classrooms on accepting students from other countries and cultures. The end of the story shows all the animals enjoying time together. The illustrations are colorful and fun. I love this story and look forward to sharing it in my classroom.
Ages 5 and up