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  • Penguins are champion swimmers.
  • They spend 75 percent of their lives in water.
  • They are birds, but they can't fly. Penguins are classified as birds because they have feathers.

Now you can explore a penguin's world by finding out how they can swim so fast, what they eat, and why people need to protect their habitats. Acclaimed science writer Seymour Simon ...

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Did you know that:

  • Penguins are champion swimmers.
  • They spend 75 percent of their lives in water.
  • They are birds, but they can't fly. Penguins are classified as birds because they have feathers.

Now you can explore a penguin's world by finding out how they can swim so fast, what they eat, and why people need to protect their habitats. Acclaimed science writer Seymour Simon has teamed up with the Smithsonian Institution to take you on a journey to the Antarctic region for a close-up look at one of nature's most beloved and sociable animals.

An introduction to the physical characteristics, behavior, and life cycle of the killer whale.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With brief, accessible text, engaging topics and a perforated page of collectible cards Seymour Simon's See More Reader series will rope in even the most reluctant readers. According to Danger! Earthquake, "most of the world's earthquakes happen in a zone called the Pacific Ring of Fire." A map of the world highlights the hot spots. Bulldozers, dump trucks and offshore oil rigs get their due in Giant Machines. Additional offerings include Wild Bears; Killer Whales; and Planets Around the Sun. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Which birds can fly through the water? Which spend seventy-five percent of their lives under the sea? Which have barbs in their throats to keep food from slipping out? Penguins, of course! Yes, the answer to all of these questions is those popular black-and-white performers of film, song and dance! Award-winning science writer Seymour Simon’s accessible nonfiction text provides an engaging introduction to penguin anatomy, reproductive life, habits, and foes (seals, killer whales and, surprisingly, skuas). Readers meet the familiar emperor and king penguins with their golden-orange throats and head markings, as well as lesser-known species like the Adélies, gentoos, rockhoppers, and chinstraps. Young ornithologists may be surprised to discover species like macaroni penguins with their bright feathery crests, fairy penguins with their diminutive size, and yellow-eyed penguins with yellow-orange, cat-like eyes. Simon explains that while all penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere, habitats extend to the Antarctic and its frozen islands, the Galápagos, Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. He ends by emphasizing that many penguins in temperate zones are endangered by global warming, ocean pollution, overfishing, and coastal development. From the striking, thoughtfully-selected color photos to the informative text that appears between pale, arctic-blue endpapers, this neatly produced book is a penguin lover’s delight. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Simple sentences with easy-to-read phrases present an overview of these topics for beginning readers. Information is presented in just two or three sentences per page, and the large font size will make the books attractive to emerging readers. Simon's writing is clear and straightforward. Although there is no glossary, the author uses good examples to help readers understand terms. In addition, Wild Bears sends an important message to its audience with an appeal to children to do their part to preserve these animals: "If we want to have bears in nature, we need to leave a home for them. The future of bears is up to us." The books include a number of stunning, colorful, glossy photos that are sure to pique young readers' interest. These solid choices will appeal on several levels.-Cathie E. Bashaw, Somers Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Striking color photographs, often filling a page or more, distinguish this addition to the extensive literature about penguins. Six different species are shown close up and in their natural habitat. The well-organized text describes where these appealing birds live; how they walk, feed and swim; their mating and chick-rearing; and predators, before going on to distinguish among the species and summarize modern threats. Direct references to the pictures on the facing page make this content easy for the youngest reader or listener to follow, although they may be confused by the statement that Gentoo penguins' orange bill "sets them apart from other penguins" when the species illustrated before and after that page are also shown with orange bills. The author of more than 200 books for young readers, Simon packs a great deal of information into his relatively simple, smooth writing. There is no map but the end matter includes a glossary, index and suggestions for further reading, including websites about penguins and the Smithsonian, as well as other titles by the author. (Nonfiction. 4-7)
Children's Literature - Jennifer Keeney
Penguins have always been appealing to children, but now there is a one-stop book to answer all of those burning questions about these remarkable and unusual birds. Striking and rich photographs present many species of penguins to young readers in this exceptional book. Misconceptions about penguins are clarified, and the manuscript is full of interesting and relevant facts. When multiple photographs are included on a spread, captions clearly identify different species. Simon highlights the ever-popular Emperor penguin, as well as other species, such as Adelie, King, Magellanic, and Macaroni penguins. The life cycles of penguins are explored, including mating rituals, egg laying, diet, and predators. A glossary and index are included on the last page, for easy reference. Seymour Simon does it again—science comes alive through his writing and photographic choices. If one cannot travel to Antarctica to witness penguins firsthand, reading Simon's book is the next best alternative. Reviewer: Jennifer Keeney
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060283957
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/16/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: NC1030L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Seymour Simon has been called "the dean of the [children's science book] field" by the New York Times. He has written more than 250 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Great Neck, New York. You can visit him online at, where you can read "Seymour Science Blog" and download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Many of Seymour's award-winning books are also available as ebooks.

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