Courtney is a peppy young penguin who just loves exploring, and is overjoyed when she receives a
compass from Santa on Christmas morning. She’s so grateful for the gift, in fact, that she just needs
to give Santa a great big hug and say “Thank you!” in person. The only problem is she lives in the
South Pole, and Santa is all the way on the other side of the globe!
With the aid of her new compass, Courtney sets off on a journey that takes her almost an entire
year. By the time she reaches Santa’s workshop, the elves are in a flurry preparing for the upcoming
holiday. Unfortunately, Rudolph is feeling very sick—too sick to guide the sleigh. If Courtney can’t
find a way to help, Christmas will be ruined and all the children of the world will be devastated.
What’s a little penguin to do?
My 5 and 7 year old boys both love to read and be read to. I love when I find stories like this that have such a great message. The characters were so cute and the illustrations were beautiful. Courtney is a sweet little penguin who uses her Christmas gift to go on an adventure and help others. You could read this in one sitting or over a couple nights at bedtime. I give Courtney a 5/5!
Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in left hand (true story). When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children’s book series and is beginning to dapple in other genres as well. Emlyn
enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit EmlynChand.com for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky!