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Starred Review. In 1989, after Canadian science writer and photographer Lynch (Owls of the United States and Canada) saw his first penguin on Phillip Island in southern Australia, he spent the next 18 years in search of all 17 penguin species, traveling over 300,000 miles to Antarctica, the Galápagos, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand and remote island clusters in the Southern Ocean. The result is this beautifully illustrated and delightfully written look at Lynch's discoveries about these flightless seabirds in the field and in scientific journals, during day-to-day as well as birth-to-death observations, and from the smallest to the largest type. While Lynch presents detailed descriptions of everything from mating rituals to eating habits, the best parts of his book are the photographs. Lynch's gorgeous and gorgeously printed images—such as that of the head of a young penguin chick disappearing inside the throat of a parent as it reaches for a meal—display such a refined visual sensibility that even without accompanying text, the images would still achieve Lynch's goal of presenting the scientific and aesthetic appeal of this unique family of birds. (Oct.)
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Very nicely illustrated with numerous photos by the author .... Anyone planning a trip to the Southern Ocean, especially to experience its natural world, shousld read this book from cover to cover. (David Ainley, www.penguinscience.com ARCTIC 2008-09-00)

[Lynch] seems to know everything there is to know about penguins. (C. A. Amantea www.Ralph.mag (Review of Arts, Literature, Philoso 2008-07-14)

A classic coffee-table book ... Penguins of the World is both well researched and visually attractive, while the charm and downright strangeness of penguins' lives are brought into focus through the numerous colour photos and firsthand testimony of a top polar expert. (Mark Cocker The Guardian 2007-11-24)

[Lynch] has transformed his fascination with these adorable creatures into a delightful book filled with 130 of his color images and plenty of scientific facts that reveal that humans penguins have much in common. (Shutterbug 2007-12-00)

[starred review] Beautifully illustrated and delightfully written ... The best parts of [the] book are the photographs. Lynch's gorgeous and gorgeously printed images...display such a refined visual sensibility that even without accompanying text, the images would still achieve Lynch's goal of presenting "the scientific and aesthetic appeal of this unique family of birds." (Publishers Weekly 2007-08-06)

[starred review] Combining detailed information with personal anecdotes and quotes from other scientists/researchers makes the text very engaging.... The abundant colour photographs are absolutely amazing, vibrant and crystal-clear in focus.... Thoroughly researched, Penguins of the World is a tribute to the resilience and the remarkable ability of penguins to survive in harsh climates. (Gail Hamilton Canadian Materials 2008-01-25)

A delightfully and brilliantly photographed book about these most unique and endearing of birds... this informative book will charm penguin lovers of all ages. (Jodi DeLong The Chronicle Herald (Halifax) 2007-12-09)

Excellent quality, real life photos ... a great deal of interesting biology.... Two thumbs up. (Canadian Camera 2007-10-00)

From sex to family life, from feeding to predators the author weaves a delightful tale of the delightful creatures... The photographs are wonderful... If you have never seen wild penguins and are not likely to do so, then this book is the next best thing. Buy it and enjoy it, for only the smell is missing. (Roy John Canadian Field Naturalist, vol. 12, no. 4, Oct-Dec 2006-10-01)

Enlivened with the author's anecdotes and well illustrated with his clear and intimate photographs, this will undoubtedly be a go-to book for penguin-loving patrons. An easy and fun read. (Nancy Bent Booklist 2007-10-15)

Penguins of the World is filled with striking photos depicting the birds, from downy chicks to sleek adults.... Lynch's highly readable text draws on his travel journals as well as historical documents and current research about the seabird that, as he writes, has "become a symbol of all that is special and valuable in nature." (Bruce Gillespie Canadian Geographic 2008-08-31)

(starred review) This beautifully illustrated and delightfully written [book] look[s] at Lynch's discoveries about these "flightless seabirds" in the field and in scientific journals, during day-to-day as well as birth-to-death observations, and from the smallest to the largest type. While Lynch presents detailed descriptions of everything from mating rituals to eating habits, the best parts of his book are the photographs. Lynch's gorgeous and gorgeously printed images--such as that of the head of a young penguin chick disappearing inside the throat of a parent as it reaches for a meal--display such a refined visual sensibility that even without accompanying text, the images would still achieve Lynch's goal of presenting "the scientific and aesthetic appeal of this unique family of birds." (Publishers Weekly 2007-08-13)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; 2nd edition (August 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554072743
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554072743
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa VINE VOICE on December 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
Beautiful, amazing pictures, interesting text, good reference material on penguins. Just a wonderful book. The only caution is that there are only a few photos of Emperor penguins, which are the most inaccessibly antarctic ones... so if you're looking for them specifically, it's a bit thin. But there are a lot of King penguins which are very similar.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sunny Smiles on March 8, 2010
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I purchased this book for my son, who loves penguins. He loved it!!! Even his small children love it. The book has become a family affair for them.
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My small angel is very excited with Animal planet and penguins specifically.
And I knew that the book with the high-quality illustrations would be a good present.
I was right. Internet might not replace those feelings and those positive emotions, which I granted to my small curious angel.
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By E. Robbins on December 21, 2013
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The penguins are perfectly seen and shot. The variety of penguins and the life styles well noted.
The book is so beautifully illustrated and informative I could even think of giving up a trip to Antarctica.
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By Debbie Reynolds on March 18, 2014
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My grandchild's favorite animal is the penguin and there are many wonderful pictures in the book d great information. Helped with a great book report.
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By kevin hatfield on March 15, 2013
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Excellent book on these incredable little guys! I'm obsessed with them and have a collection of books I'm adding this too.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brent Trafton on December 4, 2013
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I own many books on penguins and "Penguins of the World" by Wayne Lynch might be the best one.

The best thing about this book is the photos. The author is an accomplished photographer and almost every photo is a gem. I also liked the penguin index towards the end of the book that shows each species of penguin and lists how many are left in the wild and their level of being threatened.

If you only buy one book about penguins, "Penguins of the World" would be a very good choice.
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