Penguins hold a particular fascination for youngsters and this photo essay chock full of glossy photos of the king penguin found in icy waters of the Antarctic has lots of appeal. The clear, well researched text outlines the general characteristics of these penguins, their mating habits, the hatching and nurturing that is left to the male, and life in the colony that often numbers in the thousands. Whether the reader is gathering information for a report or just pleasure reading the tone and layout of the material grabs and holds attention. Use this with The Emperor's Egg by Martin Jenkins, The Emperor Lays an Egg by Brenda Z. Guiberson, and My Season With Penguins: An Antarctic Journal by Sophie Webb for a solid unit on penguins of the South Pole for primary grades. This book is part of the series "Animal Close-Ups." 2004, Charlesbridge, Ages 8 to 10.