Infant penguins skim, slip, squeak, slide, shriek, shout, waddle and whizz as they ski, slide and sledge in the wintry weather. Then after catching their own tasty lunch involving a lot of swirling, whirling, curling, twirling in the chilly water, they chance upon an ice floe upon which sits a sobbing seal pup who has lost her mother. Before long however, the antics of the penguins have cheered her up – just in time for Mama seal’s return.
The story, told in jaunty rhyme and with an abundance of alliteration, could provide a great introduction for young children to the joys of language play. Parker-Rees, in his highly coloured and busy illustrations, packs the pages with penguins clad in bobble hats and woolly scarves generally carrying on like children in the snow.