Growing Up Wild: Penguins

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How quickly does an Adelie penguin chick grow up? How does it stay warm in its cold Antarctic home? What does it eat? Why do groups of chicks huddle together?


Growing Up Wild: Penguins answers all of these questions and many others. With stunning color photographs of Adelie penguin adults and chicks, and clear, accessible text, Sandra ...

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Overview

How quickly does an Adelie penguin chick grow up? How does it stay warm in its cold Antarctic home? What does it eat? Why do groups of chicks huddle together?


Growing Up Wild: Penguins answers all of these questions and many others. With stunning color photographs of Adelie penguin adults and chicks, and clear, accessible text, Sandra Markle invites children to share this special view of wildlife.

Curious young readers will delight in this close look at Adelie penguin chicks as they hatch and grow.

About the Author:
Sandra Markle is best known for her award-winning Outside and Inside series, including Outside and Inside Alligators (a Kids Pick of the Lists by Bookselling This Week) and Outside and Inside Spiders (A National Science Teachers Association and Children's Book Council Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children). Growing Up Wild: Bears, the first book in this new series, received the National Parent's Guide to Children's Media Award. Ms. Markle currently lives in New Zealand and travels the world with her husband while researching her books.

Depicts the hatching, care, growth, and education of baby Adelie penguins.

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Children's Literature
This third entry in the "Growing Up Wild" series explores the Adelie penguin species living on Antarctica pack ice. In informative but uncluttered prose, Markle shows in pictures and tells in text how these penguins nest, incubate the egg (or sometimes eggs,) take turns eating and caring for the eggs and chicks, and exhibit typical penguin behavior such as tobogganing and huddling in creches. Predators such as Orcas and leopard seals are mentioned but not pictured but skuas, which eat eggs or carry off baby chicks, are shown and discussed. What separates this book from others are Markle's wonderful detailed photos which work perfectly with text and her friendly and accessible, but always informative, prose. A combination glossary and index (made of italicized words in the text) gives young readers help in report-writing and calls attention to specialized vocabulary. Betty Tatham's Penguin Chick (HarperCollins, 2002) covers some of the same generic information about penguins but discusses emperor penguin behavior instead and for a slightly younger reader. 2002, Atheneum, $16.00. Ages 6 to 9. Reviewer: Susan Hepler
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Gr 2-4-Adelie penguins build their rocky nest, lay eggs, and care for their growing youngsters in this simple introduction to the life cycle of this ever-appealing bird. Markle's full-color, close-up photographs follow the growth of the babies from hatching to adolescence and the work of their handsome parents in feeding them, guarding the nest against neighboring penguins, and fending off invading skuas. However, the author's views of the larger scene are inconsistent in quality; although some of them offer an informative sense of the terrain, others are blurry. The explanations of the penguin life cycle and behavior are clear but often detached and wooden in tone. Though more perfunctory than Markle's best work, the book is attractive and might serve as a complement to Sophie Webb's intriguing observations in My Season with Penguins (Houghton, 2000), illustrated with watercolor sketches. Markle's title includes a map of Antarctica but it is not labeled and there is no key or indication of where Ross Island, the home of these particular birds, might be. The book concludes with a view of the just-grown penguins jumping into the sea for their first swim in search of their own food. -Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The author of the popular "Outside and Inside" series sticks to outsides in this photo album for younger readers-but the verbal and visual messages are definitely at odds. In big, bright color portraits, Adelie penguins, their adorably fluffy, clumsy looking chicks, and gull-like skuas all pose photogenically on a rocky, crowded Antarctic strand. Things are not as cozy as they seem, however, as the bleak accompanying commentary reveals: parents defend their own chicks (but weakly) from marauding skuas, but not the neighboring young at all; should the loss of one parent force the other to go after food, "the chick usually dies," and chicks are abandoned wholesale anyway once molting season arrives. None of this is shown in the upbeat photographs, of course; the idea seems to be "no dead penguins." Markle also refers to behavior that is not illustrated-adults fishing or tricking the skuas-identifies two Adelie penguin nurseries but does not locate them on her map, and offers no links to further sources of information. Though the text is considerably franker than most, this is patchy, uninspired work, not up to Markle's usual excellent standard. (Nonfiction. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689818875
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Series: Growing up Wild Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.34 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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