When field biologist Lynch went to visit the Arctic, he unexpectedly fell in love with the penguins that inhabit the continent. His affection for his subject shines through in this appealing book, which covers the various species. Illustrated with well-captioned, excellent color photographs, the text introduces penguins in all stages of life and discusses how they evolved to be flightless, how they get around, where they live, what they eat, mating habits, and how young penguins gain independence. A map of the Southern Hemisphere pinpoints where the various species live. Filled with general information, the book will attract report writers, but it will also intrigue other children, who may find themselves completely enamored by these unusual birds. Helen Rosenberg
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A bright and colorful look at these appealing creatures. Science writer and photographer Lynch covers types of penguins, locomotion, diet, mating, predators, and other aspects of penguin life in an easy-to-read text enlivened by anecdotes from his travels. For example, he tells of watching a curious young king penguin nibble the flipper of a sleeping elephant seal, then cry out and flee when the seal raised its head and belched. There are plenty of details and statistics for students doing reports, and the many color photos are clear and attractive. (Kliatt
A readable melange of anecdote, explanation, gee-whiz facts, and 'hot new research' in penguin studies, the text and plentiful accompanying photographs successfully portray penguins as 'more than cute creatures that waddle and bray.' ... This one might well be the answer to the question of what's black and white and read all over. (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
A lively first-person narrative, peppered with journal excerpts, personal observations and anecdotes. (Horn Book Guide
Young readers will thoroughly enjoy this book ... Penguins! is a delightful book about this flightless bird. Together, the beautiful color photographs and the text tell a fascinating, exciting, and revealing story that will delight young readers. (Lowell J. Bethel Science Books and Films
Betcha can't walk by this book without stopping to take a look and then stay a while and read about these fascinating seabirds ... The photographs attract us, but it is Lynch's entertaining informative writing style that holds us with these great penguin stories ... All in all, Lynch offers a fascinating book about those seabirds we love to watch in wonder. (Ginny Stolicker Oakland Press
An enormous amount of scientific information about the penguin -- from the 17 different kinds of diet to mating -- is presented in a lively, engaging way, accompanied by Lynch's glorious photographs of his subject in all manner of guises. (Susan Perren Globe and Mail