Book Review: Polka Dot Penguin Pottery

10 Mar

The teacher in me couldn’t stop thinking about all of the great ways to utilize this book in the classroom.  Aspen Colorado Kim Chee Lee is the nom de plume of this little author who suddenly finds herself with a bad case of writers block.  One day her grandparents decide to take her and her baby sister, Olivia to a paint your own pottery store.  Aspen picks out an egg to paint but suddenly has the same problem.  She doesn’t know what to paint!  Many of Aspen’s friends and neighbors arrive and are busily painting while Aspen just can’t seem to get over her “pottery block”.  Finally the problem is solved through a combination of an unexpected accident and the following wise words:  “You can only make a masterpiece if you’re willing to make a mess.”  This book is filled with great illustrations and step-by-step “how to” directions for writing a story that would work perfectly with a “how to” writing unit.  An inspirational story for young writers and artists who aren’t sure about where to draw their ideas from.

Title:  Polka dot penguin pottery

Author:  Lenore Look

Illustrator:  Yumi Heo

Publisher:  Schwartz and Wade Books

ISBN:  978-0-375-96332-2


Posted by on March 10, 2012 in Family, Picture Books


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2 responses to “Book Review: Polka Dot Penguin Pottery

  1. Nicole

    March 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Cute! This would be a fun gift to get a school-aged child in addition to a gift certificate to a paint-it-yourself pottery shop! 🙂
    Teaching With Style

    • Leah Biado-Luis

      March 10, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      Great idea! The Polka Dot Penguin Pottery is an actual store in NYC.


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