One Cool Friend: Toni Buzzeo

One Cool Friend

Author: Tony Buzzeo
Illustrator: David Small
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Publication Year: 2012
Brief Summary: Elliot, a very proper boy, visits the aquarium, falls in love with the penguins, and brings one home.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Research different kinds of penguins and read other penguin books (fiction and non-fiction).  Study Ferdinand Magellan and his explorations.
  • Study penguin habitats.  Would Elliot’s home be the proper place for a penguin?  What does Elliot do to stimulate this habitat?
  • Were you surprised that Elliot’s dad had a real turtle?  What are some clues on the preceding pages?

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.   

Accessed at: Capilano Library

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