Polly and the Puffin

Jenny Colgan’s Polly and the Puffin, and the second book, The Stormy Day, both illustrated by Thomas Docherty, are nice little books, just the way I like them. Small in size, which makes holding them easy, and with lots of pictures, and not all that much text, making them suitable to be a child’s first chapter book.

Jenny Colgan and Thomas Docherty, Polly and the Puffin

In the first book Polly, who lives in one of those perfect, attractive small villages with a harbour and a lighthouse, and rough weather, that you encounter in fiction (maybe even in real life), finds an injured puffin, whom she names Neil. They do everything together, until the day Neil is ready to fly away to be with other puffins.

Polly misses him, and Neil seems to miss her too.

In The Stormy Day Polly is waiting for her seaman father to come home, and also for Neil to return after he flies off, somewhere.

Jenny Colgan and Thomas Docherty, The Stormy Day

There is not much happening in either of the stories, which I found quite restful. Good for young readers, or anyone reading to a child (with prompts for hugging), and lots of truly orange illustrations, that go very well with the sheer puffin-ness of the little fishing village.

At the back of the books you get jokes and recipes and colouring-in, making them even more fun.

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