Penguins

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"Comical'. . . 'Adorable'. . .'The little fellow in the dress suit'. . . It is tempting to be anthropomorphic about penguins [but] they are not little people dressed in feathers. They are . . . dedicated to penguinism, a life molded by the cold impersonal sea, harsh climate, and the crowded colonies in which they reproduce." Roger Tory Peterson (1908-1997) was the greatest naturalist of the twentieth century. He was also known as King Penguin, and Penguins is his tribute to his favorite family of birds. Drawing on a lifetime of personal ...

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Overview

"Comical'. . . 'Adorable'. . .'The little fellow in the dress suit'. . . It is tempting to be anthropomorphic about penguins [but] they are not little people dressed in feathers. They are . . . dedicated to penguinism, a life molded by the cold impersonal sea, harsh climate, and the crowded colonies in which they reproduce." Roger Tory Peterson (1908-1997) was the greatest naturalist of the twentieth century. He was also known as King Penguin, and Penguins is his tribute to his favorite family of birds. Drawing on a lifetime of personal experience with these remarkable creatures, he captures the essence of penguins, both species and individuals, from the giant emperor penguin to the little blue penguin, ranging from the coldest ice fields of Antarctica to semitropical shores. His engaging prose, splendid photographs, and spirited drawings are the armchair equivalent of an extended expedition to these remote places with the most knowledgeable and entertaining guide possible.

Through photographic essays and lively drawings Peterson gives a personal view of his favorite family of birds.

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"First-rate on every count." The Chicago Tribune

"Roger Tory Peterson, the revered bird-guide man, has done it again with penguins in a delightfully written, hansomely illustrated book." The Seattle Times

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First-rate on every count.
Seattle Times Magazine
Roger Tory Peterson, the revered bird-guide man, has done it again with penguins in a delightfully written, handsomely illustrated book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395898970
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/1998
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 8.47 (w) x 10.93 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 What Manner of Birds Are Penguins? 1
2 History and Prehistory 17
3 A Gallery of Penguins 49
4 The Penguin Environment 97
5 Life in the Colony 109
6 Trials and Tribulations 145
7 The Neighbors 161
8 The Northern Look-Alikes 193
9 Interacting with Men 209
Photographic Postscript 225
Further Reading about Penguins 229
Index 233
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