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Penguins! Paperback – October 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823415163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823415168
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-Another in the parade of books from Gibbons's busy pen and paintbrush, this one deals with those fascinating denizens of the Southern Hemisphere. The simply written, clear text describes penguin physiology, geographic location (via a color-coded map), lifestyles, and nesting/brooding habits (with an emphasis on emperor penguins). It concludes with a discussion of survival difficulties and efforts being made to protect these birds. A final page gives some statistics and drawings of the five species not shown elsewhere in the book. The full-color illustrations are sketchbook style and some children may find it difficult to differentiate among the various crested varieties, while the little blue penguin is shown as blue all over (despite assurance in the text that "All penguins have...white bellies."). The oversized format, brightly colored illustrations, and large type font result in an eye-catching appearance that will attract young researchers and the curious minded alike. Even if you already own Bobbie Kalman's Penguins (Crabtree, 1995) or Annette Barkhausen's Penguins (Gareth Stevens, 1994), you should make room for this title.
Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

With her trademark directness and simplicity, Gibbons introduces those irresistibly appealing birds, the penguins. As her pen-and-ink and watercolor paintings reveal, these nonflyers share a basic body shape, but lined up alongside each other across the pages, they are seen to possess distinctive feathering that distinguishes the 17 species from each other. A color-coded map of the Southern Hemisphere pinpoints where each type of penguin resides, and depictions of the birds at sea and aboard ice floes accompany facts about their food, predators, and lifestyle. Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of the emperor penguins is their brooding habit: the male guards the female's single egg in his brood pouch. After generating interest about the penguins and their lifestyles, Gibbons concludes by alerting readers to the environmental hazards that threaten the birds' well-being. Ellen Mandel --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Gail Gibbons has published close to fifty distinguished nonfiction titles with Holiday House. According to "The Washington Post," "Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." She lives in Vermont. Her website is www.gailgibbons.com

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This book is interesting and informative.
Nana 705
I did a unit on penguins for student teaching and the children and I loved reading this book and learning about the penguins.
Jane Peters
When beginning a new unit, I automatically search for a Gail Gibbons book to start it off.
Shelly

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By psfindc on May 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
As with "Whales" Gail Gibbons continues to distinguish herself as one of the premier authors of non-fiction books for the young. Graceful illustrations of every kind of penguin plus interesting and new facts for even the most seasoned adult viewers of the Discovery Channel. Large print, along with thoughtful pronunciation guides, makes it easy for younger readers. An absolute joy to read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jane Peters on March 30, 2010
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I really enjoyed the book called Penguins by Gail Gibbons. I did a unit on penguins for student teaching and the children and I loved reading this book and learning about the penguins.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shelly on December 11, 2012
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I am a Kindergarten teacher, and I read Gail Gibbons books on a weekly basis (if not more).

When beginning a new unit, I automatically search for a Gail Gibbons book to start it off. Some of her books, such as this one, I find myself having to skip over or "water down" in a few areas. This is not a reflection of her as an author or the books themselves of course, it's just that I would say they are written at about a first grade level.

What I love about her books is that she introduces so many subjects to children in ways that they can understand. When I began teaching about penguins and found I needed some books, all I could find (except this) were either:
a.) Silly books about penguins, i.e., penguins talking, wearing clothes, etc. (which do have their place but don't teach anything); or
b.) Books that were written at about a 6th grade level.

What I used to do was a lot of internet research, and kind of piece together my own lessons without using an actual book. Then I discovered that Gail Gibbons has (seemingly) books on every topic that were just what I needed! I highly recommend this and other Gibbons books to teachers of grades K-2, homeschoolers, or parents who want to teach their kids about a specific topic, especially animals.
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