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Reviewed by Lori A. Moore for Readers' Favorite
Nikkos and His Remarkable New Friends by Diane M. Shampine is a book for young readers to explore and understand how everybody is different from one another. Nikkos never joined the other penguins in their games, and stayed by himself. His mother, Prancy, wanted him to get out and make friends, but knew that because he dragged his foot behind him when he walked, it made him feel embarrassed. Nikkos felt like he didn’t fit in. Then one day, humans on a cruise ship noticed Nikkos’ weak foot and decided to make him a special shoe. The humans took Nikkos and his family to a place where other penguins who had felt broken when they arrived were helped by the humans, and now all the penguins were one big happy family. Each penguin had a story to which Nikkos could relate. Some even had scars reflecting how they had been healed.
Nikkos and His Remarkable New Friends by Diane M. Shampine highlights the fact that everyone has a place where he or she will fit in. It was nice to see that even though Nikkos had a disability, his parents felt blessed to have him as their son. The illustrations by Chris Corsi were adorable. I only wish that Nikkos could have found happiness with himself even before the humans intervened, but I am glad that the whole family got to move together to their new special place. Good luck to Nikkos and his family and their new home with their new remarkable friends.