Written by Suzanne Lewis & Illustrated by Lisa Anchin
Sleeping Bear Press
February 1, 2015
Patience is an African penguin. She is small at roughly 6 pounds and approximately 20 inches tall; but at 24 years old, she is the "penguin in charge" of the penguin exhibit at New Orleans's Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hits, devastating the city and surrounding areas with its catastrophic winds and flooding. The aquarium is severely damaged. With no electricity or relief in sight, the temperature in the aquarium reaches dangerously high degrees, putting the penguins in peril. Patience, and the 18 other penguins, along with some of the other zoo animals, must leave their home and their favorite human, Tom, the penguin keeper.
The penguins will recuperate and live at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California until they can return home to New Orleans. After nine long months away from Tom and their home, Patience and her penguins return to New Orleans to a cheering homecoming.
From Kirkus Review:
“Uncluttered watercolor illustrations keep the focus on the two main characters and capture the emotions between them. Children will empathize with Patience’s feelings of uncertainty about the upheaval and separation. And they will feel jubilation when the colony finally arrives home, with Patience leading the way into the repaired aquarium.”