Penguins!

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Renowned science writer Wayne Lynch has a passion and fascination for the members of the penguin family. A self-described "penguin addict," he has logged more than 130,000 miles to sit among hundreds, sometimes even thousands of penguins on the far-flung beaches of the Galápagos Islands, Chile, Antarctica and New Zealand. This stocky little bird survives a rocky adolescence and adulthood, to experience territorial squabbles, "marriages," attacks by sea mammals and sometimes months without food as it incubates its...

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Overview

Renowned science writer Wayne Lynch has a passion and fascination for the members of the penguin family. A self-described "penguin addict," he has logged more than 130,000 miles to sit among hundreds, sometimes even thousands of penguins on the far-flung beaches of the Galápagos Islands, Chile, Antarctica and New Zealand. This stocky little bird survives a rocky adolescence and adulthood, to experience territorial squabbles, "marriages," attacks by sea mammals and sometimes months without food as it incubates its eggs through the unrelenting winter. With lively, humorous writing and unforgettable photographs, Penguins! explores the daily lives of this feisty seabird survivor.

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Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
A readable melange of anecdote, explanation, gee-whiz facts, and 'hot new research' in penguin studies, the text and plentiful accompanying photographs successfully portray penguins as 'more than cute creatures that waddle and bray.' ... This one might well be the answer to the question of what's black and white and read all over.
Horn Book Guide
A lively first-person narrative, peppered with journal excerpts, personal observations and anecdotes.
Science Books and Films - Lowell J. Bethel
Young readers will thoroughly enjoy this book ... Penguins! is a delightful book about this flightless bird. Together, the beautiful color photographs and the text tell a fascinating, exciting, and revealing story that will delight young readers.
Oakland Press - Ginny Stolicker
Betcha can't walk by this book without stopping to take a look and then stay a while and read about these fascinating seabirds ... The photographs attract us, but it is Lynch's entertaining informative writing style that holds us with these great penguin stories ... All in all, Lynch offers a fascinating book about those seabirds we love to watch in wonder.
Globe and Mail - Susan Perren
An enormous amount of scientific information about the penguin — from the 17 different kinds of diet to mating — is presented in a lively, engaging way, accompanied by Lynch's glorious photographs of his subject in all manner of guises.
The Horn Book Guide
A lively first-person narrative, peppered with journal excerpts, personal observations and anecdotes.
—July-December 1999
Lowell J. Bethel
Young readers will thoroughly enjoy this book ... beautiful color photographs and the text tell a fascinating, exciting, and revealing story.
Science Books and Film, October 2000
Boys Life
Informative and funny.
Horn Book Guide
A lively first-person narrative, peppered with journal excerpts, personal observations and anecdotes.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The author's first hand account of his travels to the Antarctic and his fascination with this amusing looking birds is refreshing. The text is filled with scientific information and wonderful photographs. He tells readers that scientists do not believe that penguins were always flightless that they have evolved over the centuries to be sea rather than aerial birds. There are seventeen species of penguins alive and surprisingly not all of them live in polar regions. They currently reside in Australia, New Zealand, Southern Africa and the Galapagos. Dr. Lynch ably describes how penguins walk, swim and dive, the foods they eat, mating habitats, rituals and the role of parents and creatures who prey on baby and adult penguins. Great for reports writers and curious young minds.
From The Critics
Did you know that there are 17 different kinds of penguins? Penguins are found extensively around the Antarctic region and as far away as Peru, the Galápagos Islands, New Zealand, Australia, and Southern Africa. According to Wayne Lynch, the author of this little book, Europeans discovered these "feathery fish" some 500 years ago. The book provides lots of little known facts and information about these delightful and interesting flightless birds!

Young readers will thoroughly enjoy this book. Much is presented that really sheds light on these seabirds and how they thrive in their world. Penguins can be divided into six groups, the largest of which includes the crested species: royal, macaroni, rockhopper, erect crested, fiordland, and snares. All members of this group have wispy yellow or orange head plumes. Macaroni penguins make up the single largest group of penguins, numbering close to 12 million breeding pairs. Indeed, they account for onehalf of all the penguins in the world. Next are the fourbanded penguins, which include the Magellanic, Humboldt, African, and Galápagos species. Members of this group are known as "jackass" penguins, because they bray like donkeys. A third group, the brushtailed penguins, includes the Adélie, chinstrap, and gentoo. The Adélie are the familiar penguins that look like they are wearing a tuxedo. The fourth group is made up of the two largest penguins: the king and the emperor species. These can grow to a height of three feet or more. The last two groups of penguins each have just one member. One group comprises the yelloweyed penguin, the other the little, or fairy, penguin, which, as an adult, is the smallest ofall penguins.

In sum, Penguins! is a delightful book about this flightless bird and its habits. Together, the beautiful color photographs and the text tell a fascinating, exciting, and revealing story that will delight young readers and perhaps inspire some of them to pursue further studies of these animals. Highly Recommended, Grades 36, Teaching Professional, General Audience. REVIEWER: Dr. Lowell J. Bethel (University of Texas) ISBN: 1552094219

Susan Perren
An enormous amount of scientific information about the penguin -- from the 17 different kinds of diet to mating -- is presented in a lively, engaging way, accompanied by Lynch's glorious photographs of his subject in all manner of guises.
The Globe and Mail
Ginney Stolicker
Betcha can't walk by this book without stopping to take a look and then stay a while and read about these fascinating seabirds ... The photographs attract us, but it is Lynch's entertaining informative writing style that holds us with these great penguin stories ... All in all, Lynch offers a fascinating book about those seabirds we love to watch in wonder.
The Oakland Press
Stateman Journal
Who better to write a book about penguins than a penguin addict? Science writer/photographer Lynch has been in penguin territory lots of times, and he proves it all by giving us multiple amazing color photos of these wingless birds.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552094242
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 824,983
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Wayne Lynch is the author of award-winning books and television documentaries, a popular guest lecturer and a well-known and widely published professional wildlife photographer. He is also the author of Bear, Bears, Bears, and the adult books, A is for Arctic and Penguins of the World, also published by Firefly Books.

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