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What Readers Say

“An adorable penguin learns to conquer his fears by practicing deep breathing … Young readers will delight in Pengwee, who is lovably innocent… The Ice Festival is also irresistible–a winter-themed extravaganza… Adult readers will appreciate the introduction to self-soothing, and this engaging story adeptly captures the intensity of childhood fears–and the skills to handle them.” 

-BookLife Reviews (Editor’s Pick)

“A delightfully illustrated picture book helping young children not to be scared. A red ribbon winner and highly recommended!-The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

Pengwee’s Breath by Debbie Nutley and illustrated by Alexandra Rusu is a delightful children’s picture book with an important message for both children and adults. …This book teaches children that by using a simple breathing technique, they can learn to calm themselves. This is a very useful skill to learn. The tool to reduce and eliminate their nervousness is within their reach.”

-LoveReading4Kids, Indie Books We Love selection

“An anxious young penguin uses calming techniques in Nutley’s picture book. …This sweet, thoughtful tale exemplifies, in kid-friendly terms, how mindful breathing is helpful and empowering, particularly during stressful moments. Rusu’s lovely, soft illustrations depict peaceful snowscapes and charming scenes with swirling pastel hues and wintry elements. A delightful, gentle adventure about meditative, mindful breathing. “ – Kirkus Reviews

Nutley…has created an entertaining story… Rusu’s illustrations are delightfully playful, particularly in creating the penguins’ festival world… These and other details are sure to entertain young readers, while Nutley’s tale will be most useful to those looking for mindfulness or yogi offerings.” -Bookroo Review (Award Winning Children’s Book Club)


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