Have you read the book titled *My Penguin Osbert by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel?
It’s an adorable Christmas story about a little boy who asks Santa for a penguin for Christmas. My now 7 year old’s favorite animal since he was 1 year old is penguins. I bought this book for his 7th birthday because I knew he would love it. He has a whole collection of penguins that he plays with regularly and would definitely love having his own real one!
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About the book, My Penguin Osbert:
A little boy named Joe is writes his letter to Santa like he does every year. Except this year he is more specific asking for what he wants since there have been misunderstandings in the past. For example, one year he really wanted a trampoline so he described it in the letter. Santa misunderstood and brought him a pogo stick instead. This year, he was very careful to write how he would like a pet penguin and included a drawing.
Santa brings him his own, real penguin named Osbert and Joe finds learns ‘Be careful what you wish for’ when things don’t go how he imagined. Osbert wants to do all the things that penguins do so Joe has to do things like eat herring with seaweed jam for breakfast. They go to visit the Antarctic World at the zoo and realize that is where he belongs.
I definitely recommend the book for preschoolers through elementary-aged kids.
Pom Pom Penguin Craft
To go along with the book, we made our very own Osbert using pom poms. The pom poms were part of an Ultimate Fuzzy Kit that we received free from CraftProjectIdeas.com/Horizon Group. Their products are available for purchase at Walmart.
– 2 jumbo black pom poms
– 1 white pom pom
– googly eyes
– orange or yellow craft foam or felt
– black craft foam/construction paper/felt
– glue or glue dots
Use glue or glue dots to attach the black pom poms together (1 on top of the other). I find that glue dots work better with fuzzy craft supplies.
Cut the white pom pom in half. Glue one of the halves as the penguin’s tummy.
Glue on the googly eyes.
Cut a beak and feet from either yellow or orange craft foam. Glue in place.
Make black wings. Glue on to the sides.
Ready to see more Christmas Books + crafts and activities?
Head over to The Pleasantest Thing to see the full book list for the Christmas Read and Play series!
Olive the Other Reindeer, The Gingerbread Man, and The Polar Express are just a few of the Christmas books on the list. Some of the crafts and activities are a cardboard tube Grinch, free printables, and animal snowglobes.
You may also enjoy browsing the Read & Play Pinterest Board which is an ongoing collaboration of holiday-themed books and activities to go along with them. Last time was a Halloween Read & Play. Up next is Valentine’s Day!