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About the Author

Seymour Simon has been called "the dean of the [children's science book] field" by the New York Times. He has written more than 250 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Great Neck, New York. You can visit him online at www.seymoursimon.com, where you can read "Seymour Science Blog" and download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Many of Seymour's award-winning books are also available as ebooks.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Series: Smithsonian
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 Reprint edition (December 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064462218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064462211
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seymour Simon, whom the NY Times called "the dean of [children's science] writers," is the author of more than 250 highly acclaimed science books (many of which have been named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association). His free, educational children's app, SCIENCE FUN TO GO, debuted in the Top 10 of all free children's apps in the Amazon App store, and features in app purchase of original Seymour Simon eBooks, as well as a multitude of free content.

Seymour Simon uses his website, SeymourSimon.com, to provide free downloads of a wealth of materials for educators, homeschoolers and parents to use with his books, including 4-page Teacher Guides for all 26 of his Collins/Smithsonian photo essay books. The site provides multiple resources for kids writing book reports or wanting to explore the online Science Dictionary, and also features the Seymour Science blog highlighting current science news. Educators and families are encouraged to sign up to receive the monthly newsletter from SeymourSimon.com to stay abreast of the latest materials that Seymour Simon is introducing to enrich the reading experience.

He taught science and creative writing in elementary and secondary schools and was chair of the science department at a junior high school in the New York City public school system before leaving to become a full-time writer. "I haven't really given up teaching," he says, "and I suppose I never will, not as long as I keep writing and talking to kids around the country and the world."

Seymour Simon is also a creator and the author of a series of 3D books and a series of Glow-in-the-Dark Books for Scholastic Book Clubs, a series of leveled SEEMORE READERS for Chronicle Books, and the EINSTEIN ANDERSON, SCIENCE DETECTIVE series of fiction books. His books encourage children to enjoy the world around them through learning and discovery, and by making science fun. He has introduced tens of millions of children to a staggering array of subjects; one prominent science education specialist described Simon's books as "extraordinary examples of expository prose."

Seymour Simon has been honored with many awards for his work, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature; the New York State Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature; the Hope S. Dean Memorial Award from the Boston Public Library for his contribution to children's science literature; The Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for Non-fiction; the Jeremiah Ludington Award for his outstanding contribution to children's nonfiction; the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people; and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Forum on Children's Science Books.

In a recent interview Simon was asked if he ever thinks of retiring. "I seem to be working faster and harder than ever. I absolutely don't feel any urge to sit back and look at what I've done. The only things that I'm thinking about are things I'd like to do in the future. I'm planning and doing and continuing to write. It's what I love to do. I remember a story about an anthropologist going to talk to a tribe and he asked them what was their word for "work." Their response was they have no word for work. Everybody does the things that they do in their life. I love that response. I don't differentiate between work and play. Everything I do is something that I enjoy doing - the writing, the research and everything else."

Seymour Simon writes and photographs nature from his hilltop home in Columbia County in upstate New York. You can follow his daily nature walks and see his photographs from the field on Twitter (@seymoursimon) or on his Facebook group page. He also regularly hosts Q&As and sponsors book giveaways on GoodReads.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pamela L. Kucera on January 13, 2009
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I was very pleased with this book, especially for the price. It had wonderful photography and was very detailed. The gift recipient was very happy with the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brent Trafton on December 3, 2013
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I own quite a few books about penguins and this is the worst one.

1, It is only 32 pages
2. It does not have pictures of all the penguin species.
3. One of the pictures of a gentoo is labelled "adelie."
4. One of the pictures is of a penguin corpse.

I realize this is supposed to be for young children but that is not really an excuse for these problems. Although it was cheap, it is not a good value. Do yourself a favor and buy "Penguin Planet" by Kevin Schafer or "Penguins of the World" by Wayne Lynch instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bakermom on February 15, 2014
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GREAT book. Great addition to my collection of penguin books. The pictures were great. This book also had a picture of the many different kinds of penguins.
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This book has nice illustrations and is very knowledgable. So glad I purchased this!!!! A great book for all !
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By KathrynB on July 9, 2012
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Received on time. The pictures were exactly what I wanted for my penguin collection. I also used this book as a summer reading book for my grandson and he loved it. The Smithsonian books are easy for 11yr olds to read and they are very informative. I would highly recommend these books to everyone. I am very happy with my purchase.
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By lhw on July 13, 2013
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My grandson loves this book-and as expected the quality is worthy of the Smithsonian. I have been a member for years-love the museums and their products never disappoint.
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By JenB on December 26, 2012
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My neice is obsessed with penquins...I bought her this book for Christmas and she LOVED it; sat down with it right away to start reading. It was perfect!
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By carole winkler on January 15, 2014
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A great book, pictures wonderful, information right on, variety of Penquins stimulate the imagination and educational for a 9year old girl and beyond
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