Face to Face with Penguins

Face to Face with Penguins

by John Eastcott, Yva Momatiuk
     
 

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You’re on the South Georgia Islands, a remote, icy place, with nobody around for miles and miles—except several thousand penguin friends, that is. Stunning photographs by Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott lead you into a mass of birds as they waddle across rock and sand, so clumsy on land, so graceful in the sea. Learn of the nesting habits, diet, family and… See more details below

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You’re on the South Georgia Islands, a remote, icy place, with nobody around for miles and miles—except several thousand penguin friends, that is. Stunning photographs by Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott lead you into a mass of birds as they waddle across rock and sand, so clumsy on land, so graceful in the sea. Learn of the nesting habits, diet, family and social lives of these birds that always look dressed to impress. This fun book will also inspire readers to care about penguins’ threatened habitats.

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Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
Imagine sitting on a beach and being greeted by four King penguins walking out of the surf, or laying down for some rest and feeling a penguin hop up on your back. These experiences are just part of what husband-wife photographers John Eastcott and Yva Momatiuk experienced when they traveled the globe to take young readers on a wild expedition in search of penguins. With a conversational tone that places the reader in the scene, this engaging book features first person accounts of penguin encounters, as well as detailed facts illustrated with vivid photographs. Children can learn about a wide variety of penguin species as well as their habits and habitats. Captions and sidebars add an extra layer of information while focusing on kid-friendly topics such as penguin talk, and why penguin poop is pink. Though the emphasis in this book is the stunning images, it is also a book rich in information, ranging from sections on how people can help protect penguins and the impact of global warming, to a "Facts at a Glance" section, a map, a glossary and index, and additional resources. A great book to share with children who first caught penguin fever from animated films or documentaries, this story will delight penguin lovers and intrigue children curious about what it would be like to experience nature's wonders firsthand. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—The exquisite photos and firsthand information provide an in-depth and personal look into the lives of these animals. Readers are able to see and understand the needs and challenges facing them, both in the wild and with human encroachment of their territory. In Leopards, the authors tell the story of a cub that they met when she was only eight days old. They became "almost" friends with Legadema (whose name means "light from above," or "lightning") and watched her grow into a beautiful and powerful adult. The book contains a wealth of information about the species, comparisons to other types of cats, their habitats, feeding habits, and interaction with other animals. Penguins offers the same level of expertise in the factual specifics, but the authors focus on several general populations of penguins instead of a relationship with one or more animals. Both books provide conservation messages and suggestions for readers to get involved in habitat preservation, support, and funding for various wildlife organizations. Excellent selections.—Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library System, Adairsville, GA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426305610
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Series:
Face to Face with Animals Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
930L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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