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Penguins! Strange and Wonderful

Laurence Pringle

Illustrated by Meryl Henderson

Non-Fiction Picture Book

Ages 6 to 8

Boyds Mills Press, 2007, 1-59078-090-6

  When Portugese explorers first saw groups of flightless black and white birds on South American beaches they thought they were “strange geese.” Today we call these birds penguins, and people of all ages are attracted to the funny looking animals because of their gait, their appearance, and their novel lifestyles.

  In this attractive and carefully researched picture book Laurence Pringle shows children the seventeen different species of penguins. He explains how penguins are ideally suited for their mostly aquatic lifestyle, and how they are different from other birds. Penguin diets, habits, and behaviors are explored, and readers will come to discover that the penguins species, though similar, have adapted to different environments in interesting ways. For example, because they nest on rocky coastlines, Rockhopper penguins have become very skilled at jumping from rock to rock. Emperor penguins, who have to travel long distances on ice, have found another mode of transport to use when their legs get tired – they slide along on their bellies.

  With plenty of illustrations on every page and with an entertaining and interesting text, this title will definitely please young penguin fans who want to learn more about these very unique birds.



Penguins! Strange and Wonderful


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