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The Old Man and the Penguin - Julie Abery's book

Mid Morning Mix // Family// Education // Oct. 6, 2020

Julie Abery's book "The Old Man and the Penguin" tells the true story of João Pereira de Souza in Brazil, who finds an oil-covered penguin which he then cares for until he can release again. This penguin now visits him on his beach in Brazil for several months every year. 

Vaud-based children's author Julie Abery talks to Katt Cullen on the Mid Morning mix and explains why she wrote the book, and how her own classroom experience helped her craft a book that can be used as a learning aid...


About the book:

Told in rhyming verse, this heartwarming picture book tells the true story of João Pereira de Souza of Brazil, who cared for a Magellanic penguin that had been caught in an oil spill. When João tried to release him back to the wild, the penguin returned to João's home and stayed for months. The penguin, named Dindim by João, did eventually leave, but he now returns to visit his friend for five months of every year. A charming read-aloud showcasing a tender relationship between an animal and human, this book also promotes environmental awareness and stewardship, and explains how human activities often threaten wildlife. Author Julie Abery includes information about João and the penguin, how wildlife is affected by oil spills every year, and what to do if you find wildlife in distress. The lively art by award-winning Pierre Pratt brings a touching sweetness and emotional depth to the story. There are character education lessons here on empathy, kindness and caring.



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