Penguins (Scholastic Science Readers Series)

Penguins (Scholastic Science Readers Series)

by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
     
 

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From the egg to the ocean, see where these adorable creatures live, what they eat, how they are born and raised, and how they survive in their frigid environments.Kids will be intrigued to know that the father penguins care for the young right after they are born, while the mother penguin goes back to the ocean to find food.They will also learn that penguins have a… See more details below

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From the egg to the ocean, see where these adorable creatures live, what they eat, how they are born and raised, and how they survive in their frigid environments.Kids will be intrigued to know that the father penguins care for the young right after they are born, while the mother penguin goes back to the ocean to find food.They will also learn that penguins have a layer of fat called blubber to keep them toasty warm.

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These birds that do not fly through the air and who seem to prefer living near cold, icy waters are fascinating. An Emperor penguin can grow very large indeed; according to Zoehfeld: "Emperors can grow as tall as a six-year-old child." In addition to their slick water-repellent feathers, penguins also have a layer of fat called blubber under their skin. This blubber helps them keep warm in the frigid conditions. Some penguins lay eggs in nests, which they build of stone or dig out of the ground. The Emperor is unusual in that the male is responsible for incubating the egg once it has been laid. He and the other father penguins huddle together for warmth and carefully balance the eggs on their feet. The female is off feeding and when sated, returns to feed the newly hatched chick. The father then goes off to feed, and then both parents take turns feeding and raising the new chick. The text is liberally illustrated with excellent photographs of a variety of penguins. Bolded words are defined in the glossary, and there is a note to parents and a suggested activity as well as an Internet reference. Part of the "Scholastic Science Readers" series, Level 1. 2002, Scholastic,
— Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439269872
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Series:
Scholastic Science Readers Series
Pages:
32
Lexile:
NC550L (what's this?)

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