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One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo
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One Cool Friend (2012)

by Toni Buzzeo

Other authors: David Small (Illustrator)

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Elliot and his father go to the aquarium. Elliot asks his father if he could get a penguin, his father says yes and gives him money. Elliot chooses a penguin, but an actual penguin, not a stuffed animal like the father had thought. as Elliot takes care of Magellan, the penguin, his father finds out. Since this picture book is mostly very proper dialogue, it could be used in a language arts classroom as a resource for dialogue. ( )
  Bns047 | Mar 17, 2019 |
In this story, a very proper boy named Elliot, sees a penguin at the penguin exhibit. He notices similarities between him and the penguin. He asked his father if he could bring the penguin home, and he agrees thinking he was referring to a stuffed animal. Elliot place the smallest penguin inside his backpack and heads home. Elliot quickly made accommodations to the house in order for Magellan (the penguin) to be comfortable. He even goes to the library to do research to learn more how to make Magellan comfortable. His father ends up running into Magellan in the tub, completely unexpected, his father asks where he came from. Elliot answers that he's from the southern tip of Argentina, whereas his father responds that his Captain Hook (a tortoise) is from the Galapagos Island. Elliot is surely surprised. ( )
  Jordyn.DeGuiseppi | Feb 25, 2019 |
lliot goes to the zoo and is fascinated by the penguins. He asks his dad for one of the penguins which he then proceeds to get learn about, and get the supplies to take care of him, Creating icy baths for him, and feeding him fish sticks. His dad finds this completely normal because he has a Galapagos tortoise himself.
  lrp024 | Nov 21, 2018 |
This book tells the story of a very proper boy named Elliot. When his father asks if he wants to go to Family Fun Day at the aquarium, Elliot is not excited to be around other noisy children. He ends up having fun, though, because the penguins remind him of himself, with their tuxedos and good posture. Elliot asks his dad if he can have a penguin. For the rest of the book, the reader thinks Elliot's father believes he has a stuffed penguin, but in the end, it becomes clear that he knew all along, and in fact he has his own pet giant turtle. ( )
  mhathaway16 | Nov 12, 2018 |
Elliot and his father go the aquarium, he immediately is attracted to the penguin exhibit. He can't help, but notice the striking similarities the penguins and himself share. He asked his father if he could have a penguin and his father agrees, thinking he was referring to the stuffed animals. Elliot places the smallest penguin in his backpack and they return home. Elliot quickly made accommodations to the house in order for Magellan (the penguin) to be comfortable. He turned the air conditioner down to its coldest setting and placed a pool upstairs. Elliot and Magellan went to the library so he could do some research over him. His father ask what he needs to go to the library for and Elliot tells him for Magellan. His father responds by saying he got Captain Cook when he was younger. After getting home Elliot fed Magellan and decided to place him in the bath. However, Elliot's father decided to have a bath himself. Elliot tried warning him his penguin was inside already, but his father did not think anything of it. He stated he would move him and be sure to not splash him. Upon entering Elliot's father shouts. He ask Elliot where the penguin had came from. Elliot responds by saying the southern tip of Argentina. What happens next was completely unexpected, his father praises him for getting the answer right. He then responds by saying Captain Cook (a tortoise) is from the Galapagos Island. This ending is sure to take anyone by complete surprise! I think this would be a great story book for second graders and any grade level above. It helps the reader understand how easy it is for information to be misinterpreted. ( )
  Salma.Mart | Sep 17, 2018 |
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For Ms. Joanne Stanbridge, one cool and unblinking friend,

whose love and laughter brought Magellan to his full glory. -- TB
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0803734131, Hardcover)

When well-mannered Elliot reluctantly visits the aquarium with his distractible father, he politely asks whether he can have a penguin--and then removes one from the penguin pool to his backpack. The fun of caring for a penguin in a New England Victorian house is followed by a surprise revelation by Elliot's father.

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Elliot, a very proper young man, feels a kinship with the penguins at the aquarium and wants to take one home with him.

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