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Penguin-Pedia is an informative and inspiring tribute to the seventeen species of penguins on the planet today. David Salomon's attention to detail and beautifully photographed images combine to provide an enlightening educational experience. --Mike Bingham, Organization for the Conservation of Penguins

Knowledge is a prerequisite for help. This is the credo of David Salomon, and if you are looking for an entertaining book about penguins with excellent images and lots of information, then this is the right one. WAZA also supports the conservation of African penguins with the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds in cooperation with numerous zoos. In times of dwindling biodiversity, it is of utmost importance that we join forces in conservation, based on increased knowledge and better understanding. A beautiful book. --Gerald Dick, PhD, MAS, CEO, World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)

David Salomon's extensive research of penguins is evident in his attention to detail and use of charts to compare and contrast the various aspects of all seventeen extant penguin species. His excellent photography greatly enhances the experience of learning more about each type of penguin and their habits. --Michael Meadows, president and CEO, Dallas Zoological Society.






Penguins have captivated us ever since we learned of these arctic and cold-defying birds. 'Penguin-Pedia: Photographs and Facts from One Man's Search for the Penguins of the World' is a full color, complete and comprehensive exploration of penguins and their habitats all throughout Antarctica. Exploring more than the commonly depicted Emperor penguin, David Salomon offers information on many other breeds of the bird and provides plenty for the penguin lover to enjoy. For those looking for a penguin-themed coffee table book, 'Penguin-Pedia' is an excellent and much recommended pick. - Midwest Book Review, January 2012

About the Author

David Salomon is a lifelong photographer, part-time writer, and full-time real estate developer from Dallas, Texas. The author of Who Needs a Government went from pursuing the topic of bureaucracy to delving into the intricate world of penguins. David has always loved animals and has a knack for taking pictures, specializing in outdoor photography. After being struck by penguin-mania, David spent the next two summers sailing the southern oceans, photographing all seventeen penguin species. Every picture in this book was taken by David. He also launched a massive search to personally verify old and new information about these graceful birds.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612540155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612540153
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
If you're someone who's interested in learning about penguins or even just like looking at them (and I'm assuming you are if you're reading this review) then this is a book you must own. The book is a combination of pictures, facts, and stories of the author's travels as he compiled this collection of information on the world's penguins. The book does a great job of providing quality facts about the various species of penguins in a well organized format that is easy is follow. While the fact summaries are top notch, the true highlights of this book are the photos and the author's commentary. The book even tells you where and how you could go see each of the species around the world on your own! Unfortunately most of us don't have the time or money to do this :( .... Luckily the pictures are so good its almost like we got to join Mr. Salomon on his journey. High definition close up photos of the different species are found on every page of the book (literally every page) and they are simply amazing. When reading the author's commentary you can tell how much time and effort was put into producing this book, and it clearly shows in the finished product. Do yourself a favor and read Penguin-Pedia (or at least look at the pictures), you won't regret it!
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By lsf on October 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This Book is about various types of penguins, their corresponding habitats, and all things penguin. David Salomon crafted the perfect mix of regal photography, personal experience, and facts. Penguin-Pedia is versatile and has something for everyone; flavorful for a child, educational for a student, and informational for a traveler. As a travel enthusiast I personally enjoyed the exotic locations. Salomon used up close photography in perfect lighting which made the pictures come to life. I strongly suggest reading this book and using it as a resource.
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This book, while written for the general public, actually does contain some really good information about individual species of penguins and penguins in general. I found it very useful, and interesting reading, too.
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Format: Hardcover
This is the definitive resource for all images penguin. A truly inspirational visual tour-de-force, Salomon takes us on a surprisingly emotional aesthetic journey through the world's supreme penguin enclaves. I can only hope that a second edition is imminent. My coffee table needs more penguins.
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This is really an amazing book. I bought it on Amazon a few months ago, after having some trouble finding all the information I needed for a report on Penguins. It's unprecedented for a book to have so much detailed information about every single penguin species. The fact that it is just bursting with hundreds of colorful photographs really brings the subject to life as well. I figured I'd use the information and then throw the book on my shelf, but it's taken a prominent spot on my coffee table- to many complements!

This is a great reference book about Penguins, but is attractive enough that I find myself repeatedly flipping through it just for the pictures.
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Format: Hardcover
Penguin -Pedia has fabulous photos, facts, and personal observations. I got it for the pix, but got caught up with the information.
For each of the 17 varieties of penguins, the book has a fact page, filled with close up photographs plus information about the genus, population, locations, habits and more. . The following page is the author's personal reflections and observations.

Author Solomon,writes that he has circled the globe and has seen and photographed all seventeen species.

Simply fascinating.
And I thought a penguin was just a small bird dressed up in a tuxedo!
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