THE PENGUIN PARADE a short story in WINTER WISHES

WINTER WISHES
A Magical Collection of Animal Tales
I wrote this winter anthology along with Holly Webb, Guy Bass, Malachy Doyle, Michael Broad, Caroline Pitcher, Elizabeth Baguley, Karen Wallace, Penny Dolan and Narinder Dhami.

I wrote the cover story, THE PENGUIN PARADE

It’s about a young Penguin, Pip’s first Christmas and he has to take part in a parade for the local children in order to get his Christmas surprise.  But poor Pip can’t keep up or march in time.  While he is practising he gets lost and bumps into Santa. Santa is worried that he won’t get all his presents made for the girls and boys as one of his elves is sick.  Pip volunteers to help and Santa rewards him with a tin drum.  Perfect for keeping time!

You can read a short extract here…

THE PENGUIN PARADE
Pip the little penguin hopped up and down, flapping his tiny, feathery flippers. He was bursting with excitement, for in two days’ time, on Christmas morning, he and his big sister, Toots, were going to march in the Penguin Parade.
The youngest penguins march at the front,” explained Toots, “and if we march nicely, children bring us buckets of shiny, silvery, sparkly presents.”
“Ooh!” said Pip. “What sort of shiny, silvery, sparkly presents?”
“It’s a surprise,” said Mum.
“Humph,” said Pip.  “Do you know, Toots?”
Toots giggled. “Of course I do. I’m older than you.”
“That’s not fair,” said Pip. “Please tell me.”
Mum shook her head.  “It’s tradition,” she said. “Every young penguin gets a shiny surprise for their first Penguin Parade.”
But Pip didn’t want a surprise. He wanted to know NOW!

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