Penguins!by Wayne Lynch
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
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.
Science Books and Film, October 2000
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
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- Firefly Books, Limited
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.25(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.25(d)
- Age Range:
- 9 - 15 Years
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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