"Comical'. . . 'Adorable'. . .'The little fellow in the dress suit'. . . It is tempting to be anthropomorphic about penguins [but] they are not little people dressed in feathers. They are . . . dedicated to penguinism, a life molded by the cold impersonal sea, harsh climate, and the crowded colonies in which they reproduce." Roger Tory Peterson (1908-1997) was the greatest naturalist of the twentieth century. He was also known as King Penguin, and Penguins is his tribute to his favorite family of birds. Drawing on a lifetime of personal experience with these remarkable creatures, he captures the essence of penguins, both species and individuals, from the giant emperor penguin to the little blue penguin, ranging from the coldest ice fields of Antarctica to semitropical shores. His engaging prose, splendid photographs, and spirited drawings are the armchair equivalent of an extended expedition to these remote places with the most knowledgeable and entertaining guide possible.
Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.