Poles Apart by Jeanne Willis, and illustrated by Peter Jarvis also stars penguins. The Pilchard--Brown family gets lost on their way to a picnic and finds themselves at the North Pole, where they meet a polar bear. Guided by the bear they make their way home to the South Pole via the USA, England, Italy, India, and Australia. When they are safely home the bear heads North. Once he gets back he misses his friends, but a heartwarming surprise ensures he won’t be lonely for long.