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Children's LiteratureI read this picture book three days before seeing "March of the Penguins," which only made me want to see the documentary even more. The author has done an excellent job researching this book and the illustrations are beautifully done; the attention to the coloring of the penguins is excellent. Wisely, the reader is allowed to follow the story of one penguin couple, from the time the penguin egg is dropped by the mother through the mother's voyage back to the open sea while the father tends to the egg—soon to hatch—to the return of the mother to her little family with much-needed food for her baby. The details of the journey are well-described and the illustrations support the focus well. Young readers will enjoy the book because they will be able to read it fairly easily and because they will understand the majority of the interesting details of the annual march of the Antarctic Emperor Penguins. Older readers may be intrigued enough to watch the movie or do their own research on these amazing animals. A great read. 2005, Charlesbridge, Ages 5 to 10.
—Jean Boreen, Ph.D.