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Children's LiteraturePart of the "Animals I See at the Zoo/Animales que veo en el zoológico" series, this short book introduces young readers to the lifestyle of penguins. Readers learn that penguins use their wings to propel them through water when swimming and that their feet and tails act as rudders, steering them and helping them glide gracefully. The author also mentions the eating habits of these non-flying birds and explains how they huddle together in the sun for extra warmth. Full-page, color photographs of penguins both in the zoo and in their natural habitats accompany each page of the bilingual text. As a note at the beginning of the book points out, the series would enhance any school, library, or home where children learn to read; however, the books are specifically designed for use in an instructional small group setting. Additional educational features include a glossary, an index, and a page pointing to further print and electronic resources about penguins. 2004, Weekly Reader Early Learning Library, Ages 4 to 7.
—Ramirose Attebury Wendt