Penguin by Polly Dunbar (Candlewick Press, 2007)
Ben is delighted to receive a penguin for his birthday but Penguin will not answer or respond to him in any way, no matter what Ben does, until, at last, they discover the language of friendship.
Snail's Birthday Wish by Fiona Rempt (Sterling Pub., 2007)
It's snails birthday and all of his friends have gathered together in the forest to give him a wonderful birthday party. With an assortment of odd gifts and creative friends will snail's birthday wish be granted?