Pepe Builds a Nest Book Review and Freebie

This post has a book review for Pepe Builds a Nest as well as a free educational writing printable. I purchased my own book and the links are non-affiliate.

Pepe Builds a NestPepe Builds a Nest by Theodore Jerome Cohen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While the topic is penguins, this story is about a bully. It is told in rhyme and easy for Pre-K and primary children to follow and understand. Penguins are a favorite topic, and the photograph illustrations are so interesting to them. They will learn penguins build their nests with rocks. They will also learn about problem solving and forming friendships. This story would be nice for a class discussion for the topic of bullies. Fun and educational reading!

Dr. Theodore J. Cohen holds three degrees in the physical sciences (including a PhD) from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and has been an engineer and scientist for more than forty-five years. He knows a thing or two about penguins because he learned a thing or two first hand while on the 16th Chilean Expedition to the Antarctic. The US Board of Geographic Names in October, 1964, named the geographical feature Cohen Islands, located at 63° 18′ S. latitude, 57° 53′ W. longitude in the Cape Legoupil area, Antarctica, in his honor. I don’t think I ever met anyone who had a geographical feature named for them before! He has published more than 400 papers, articles, columns, essays, and interviews, so this is obviously not his first book.

I’ve been reading his three children’s books: Pepe Builds a Nest, Rufus Finds a Home, and Fuzzy Wuzzy. The book with Pepe the penguin tackles the difficult topic of bullies in a most child-friendly and appropriate manner. The Rufus book tells about an aged gentlemen no longer able to care for his dog and how the dog finds a new home. Fuzzy Wuzzy is a bear who doesn’t listen. These are all common childhood topics and concerns so the books would fit well in any school or homeschool library.

penguin-construction-paper-project-ideaThe writing printable pages include pocket chart cards, writing frames, and a coloring page. Download your free PDF by clicking on the link below:



This video shows some of the free printable pages in use by Miss Owl. The sequencing cutting strip and the construction paper penguin are included in the freebie.

Did you know this book is available in French and Spanish? As Miss Owl’s mother speaks French, she has translated the penguin words in the English printable for people who might like them.  This is another free instant download.  Penguin-words-French-Vocab

Pepe Construit un Nid French-penguin-words

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

The links are non-affiliate and I purchased my own books. 

You might also like the bully books post and free resources.


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