Splash!: A Penguin Counting Book

Splash!: A Penguin Counting Book

by Kirsty Melville
     
 

This little book goes from one fuzzy chick to ten sleepy sea birds as young readers learn to count by exploring a day in the life of Adelie penguins. Gorgeous photos and comforting text opens up a world filled with snow, ice, and everyone's favorite black-and-white waddling bird. Full color. See more details below

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This little book goes from one fuzzy chick to ten sleepy sea birds as young readers learn to count by exploring a day in the life of Adelie penguins. Gorgeous photos and comforting text opens up a world filled with snow, ice, and everyone's favorite black-and-white waddling bird. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Karen Saxe
This is a basic, one-to-ten and then many, counting book. Each page gives the new number complete with a photograph of the correct number of penguins. The authors are regular visitors to Antarctica, and they love penguins.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Splash! is really a book about Adelie penguins. Counting is incidental to the photographs of these birds caring for their young, playing in the snow, and swimming in frigid waters. The requisite numbers of animals are featured on each page, and the book would be useful for young students studying birds, biomes, or life in the Antarctic.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1This "day in the life" tribute offers stunning photos of Adelie penguins and their young in their natural Antarctic habitat. As a counting book, however, Splash! is less successful. Some of the penguins are swallowed up in the book's gutter, making them difficult to count. There are no facts here, and no story is presented. One line of text per double-page spread simply takes the endearing animals from wake up to eating to playing and, finally, to rest. An additional luxury item for children who will be satisfied just looking at the pictures.Mollie Bynum, formerly at Chester Valley Elementary School, Anchorage, AK
Kirkus Reviews
A collection of full-color photographs of Antarctic Adelie penguins masquerades as a counting book, covering numbers one through ten.

Penguin parents are off to sea, in search of krill to feed the babies. This single event is outlined with a minimum of text, and each spread offers a basic counting opportunity. Viewers can count three fuzzy babies in their just-hatched fluffy gray down, four penguin footprints spread across the sand, five adult penguins marching over ice. Whether trudging, swimming, sliding, or flapping, these flightless, toddling, torpedo-shaped creatures are fun to watch, waddling awkwardly on short legs, flippers bent behind. Bundles of nestled gray chicks are contrasted with the bold blacks and whites of their adult counterparts in the spread for ten. "How many penguins do you see?" is a final challenge, and although the picture is cropped and an official answer not provided, readers will want to take a crack at counting the entire rookery. The background of sea, snow, and shadows offers the perfect theater for these Charlie Chaplins of the Antarctic, all dressed up for a premiere on ice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781883672560
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
9.35(w) x 7.32(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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