Bright humorous writing helps even young children understand the Emperor Penguin's extraordinary effort at laying and caring for a single egg, and then chick, through an Antarctic winter.
Imagine sitting for two months without food, in driving snow, high winds, -40C temperatures, and you have to keep an egg on top of your feet! Jenkins writes, "... I'd be very, very miserable. Luckily the penguins don't seem to mind too much. They have thick feathers and lots of fat..." In this way kids can enjoy learning the amazing way Emperor Penguins care for their young. Even the well executed illustrations are informative.
Count all ten things the caterpillar eats until it cocoons, and becomes a ...butterfly!!
This is a counting picture board book for the very young that is both instructive and fun. The caterpillar eats through one apple, two pears, ...five oranges, until ten foods most children will like have been chomped. The Hungry Caterpillar, finally, gets a stomach ache that is eased by eating a green leaf, but now the caterpillar is very fat. It makes a cocoon, and transforms into a butterfly, Yaay!! My six year old still enjoys it.
Oddness in food is both subject and theme, with some suggestion that food tastes vary with culture and history.
Ants, seaweed, birds' nests, rats etc. have all been popular foods in certain cultural contexts. Each page presents a brief description of an unusual food type, supplemented by a congeries of distracting asides: post-modern cartoon characters blurting odd comments, short poems, footnotes, tables set with various foodstuffs labeled with cartoonish 'bubble' labels. The book's structure is so disrupted it cannot really be read.