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Peg + Cat: The Penguin Problem

Lower Age: 3
Upper Age: 7
Price: $12.99
Year Added: 2016

In Peg + Cat: The Penguin Problem, best friends Peg and Cat are spectators at the Animal Winter Games held in the South Pole. While watching the games they notice that the penguins are having trouble controlling their skis! To solve the problem, Peg and Cat try to give directions such as “over” or “between,” but the penguins do not understand. Cat finds some directional arrows that solve the problem for the moment, but a new problem arises! How can they keep the ice floe the penguins are on from tipping over? As they discover new problems, Peg and Cat quickly analyze the situation in order to develop solutions. The teamwork of Peg and Cat introduces children to different parts of the engineering design process, as they come up with solutions to problems and test them out. This book also teaches a great lesson in perseverance, as Peg and Cat continue to refine their ideas if they don’t work out exactly the way they expected them to.


Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about:

Define a problem, learn about the problem, make observations, try the solution, test the solution, communicate the solution, refine ideas, apply mathematics (positional words and symbols), work in a team


Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: A problem, a client, a user


Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: Creative thinking, working as a team, problem solving, overcoming failure.



Overall ratings:

  • Children Ratings
    • Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “I like the skiing penguins, they are silly. I like that Peg and Cat help solve the problem.”
  • Parents Ratings
    • Rating: NA
    • Feedback: NA
  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews
    • Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “They have an idea that they test and when it doesn’t work they must refine their idea to find a solution that works for the penguins.”