The Second Sky
Written by Patrick Guest, Illustrated by Jonathan Bentley
Gilbert the penguin emerges from his shell inspired by the birds he sees flying in the sky. Alas, all his attempts to glide gracefully through the air meet with failure. Just when it seems Gilbert has pushed too far past his limitations, he discovers where he is meant to gracefully dive and soar.
I love Gilbert’s vision combined with his hard work and stick-to-it-iveness. He tries, he fails; he grows up a bit and tries again—and fails; he rethinks his approach, and tries again.
This is a great book for the very smallest children. Gilbert’s clumsiness is very similar to the trials and tribulations of toddlerhood and early childhood.