This cute book is talks about how there's nothing like a puffin, and yet (spoiler alert) every item that is compared to a puffin does actually have something in common. (ie: "There's nothing like a puffin. Or is there? A newspaper, to be sure, is nothing like a puffin. A newspaper is shaped like a rectangle and made out of paper. A newspaper has pages. It's black and white. But wait--- A puffin is black and white, too! What are the chances? A newspaper is something like a puffin, after all.") In the end, readers learn that actually--contrary to the premise of this book--there are things that are like a puffin. :)
You won't learn a lot of hard scientific facts about puffins in this book, but it is a good, cute, age-appropriate first introduction to this little-known bird (at least with little ones).
And...this book is also great for teaching early lessons on compare/contrast or classification.
Interest Level: Preschool - 1st grade
- Junior Library Guild Selection
- Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title
- Chickadee Award Nominee (The Maine Children's Choice Book Project)
- University of Wisconsin CCBC Choices 2012 Book
Peek inside: Below are sample pages from inside this book: