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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Pigloo, written by Anne Marie Pace and illustrated by Lorna Hussey. Henry Holt and Company, Macmillan, Raincoast. 2016. $19.50 ages 3 and up

"In the morning, Pigloo puts on his boots and mittens and hat. His mother tells him to take off his hat to eat his eggs. (Hats at the table are the sort of thing mothers of explorers don't like.) "Are you going sledding today?" she asks. "I am going to the North Pole," Pigloo says. "With Paisley."

Pigloo wants to go exploring. Loving the snow, he sets the North Pole as his destination. He even knows what it will look like - a peppermint striped pole and a polar bear are sure to be visible upon arrival. He has everything he needs, except the snow!

His family members are not sure about this exploration. They ask him to exercise caution, and patience. His sister Paisley is not very supportive at all. Once the snow falls, and before setting off, he must have breakfast, dress to suit the weather and voice his plan.

"I am going to the North Pole," Pigloo says. "With Paisley."
"You know Admiral Byrd already found it, right?" Paisley asks.
"And I'm not going."

Pigloo is brave and prepared for his trip. He knows the markers, he knows a shortcut, and he finds a hill. Sledding is his only option if he plans on being home for lunch. Off he goes ... at a fast clip. He slows when he sees the pole, the bear and Paisley. Apparently, she took a 'shorter'cut. It means they arrive just in time for hot chocolate and warm soup.

Disappointed that he saw not one penguin, and learning that they only live at the South Pole, he makes a new plan for the afternoon. What about Paisley?

Warmhearted and sure to please kids wanting to hear seasonal stories starring snow, and seeking winter adventure.

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