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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Series: Read and Wonder
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (August 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763618713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763618711
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Can you imagine spending a freezing cold Antarctic winter outside, with no food for miles around--maybe even a hundred miles? This is what the male emperor penguin does. After his mate has laid her egg, she takes off for the ocean where she swims about, getting plump on squid and fish, while Papa stands around keeping the egg warm for two entire months! Martin Jenkins's remarkable picture book about an extraordinary bird is sure to be an immediate favorite with children of all ages. In a compelling example of truth being stranger than fiction, he tells the story of the unusual habits of this largest of the penguin family (there are 17 kinds!). Jenkins's enthusiastic fascination for this polar phenomenon comes through loud and clear in his changeable font sizes and humorous personal asides ("So that means two whole months with an egg on your feet and no dinner! Or breakfast or lunch or snacks. I don't know about you but I'd be very, very miserable.") Jane Chapman's fantastic, realistic illustrations of the penguins will make readers chuckle, just as they would at the zoo upon seeing the real thing. Don't miss this book--it's wonderful! (Ages 4 to 9) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"The lively text and naturalistic acrylics of the frozen environment will attract many readers to this tale of one of nature's unique parenting arrangements, the emperor penguin," PW said. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This nature book is wonderful as it tells of the story emperor penguin's unique habits at the kids level and in their language. At the same time there are little footnotes which answer most of the 'why' questions from the kids that arise out of the text. ( so parents appear all knowing) The illustrations are beautiful. My daughter was so enthusastic about this book the I wanted to pop on the plane to Edinburgh, Scotland and show my daughter the Emperor penguins in real life. ( I think Antartica in the middle of winter isn't an option). Nevermind, perhaps Jenkins and Chapman will write about the little blue penguins, which are in Boston, next.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
I collect books specifically about the emperor penguin breeding cycle. When I choose a book, I want the emperor penguin pictures to be fairly accurate (not cartoony or wacky) as well as beautiful, vivid, elegant, etc.. And I want the writing to reflect love for the story of these penguins.
I love this book.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
What a fabulous book! I laughed out loud ... and actually learned a thing or two about Emperor penguins. A great choice for Father's Day - shows the importance of dads in bringing up little ones (penguins, in this case), which is refreshing. Makes a great read aloud for one-on-one, or in group settings, with just the right language to keep preschoolers interested while teaching them about penguins.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Martha T. Munger on August 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book for my three year old after I took him to see "March of the Penguins." He loves it! It's a really great companion for this movie as it follows the story line almost exactly. For a long time he had to carry it around the house with him everywhere - even to bed at night. This book has great illustrations. It is a little "text heavy" for his attention span - but it's easy to just skip over some of the more "science -y" parts.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Morris on August 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have a penguin-mad 4 yr old who can't understand why I can't go buy him the 'March of the Penguins' dvd yet. This book is a close substitute until that happens. It follows the movie pretty close without the munching and dying. He is pleased... for now. Very sweet and fun to read.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tara on January 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Emperor's Egg contains many facts about the Emperor penguin. However, I found it pretty sexist! I am usually intolerant of over-the-top feminist comments, but this book had one too many digs on the mother penguin for me! I realize that the male is the one who keeps the egg safe for 2 months, but the author mentions the mother eating, getting fat, and having a nice time after leaving the egg, with the father "stuck" taking care of it. He then refers to the egg as "his" egg, not "their" egg, and talks about how miserable the father must be without food and how cold it must be, while the female is off living the life. All of this is nature. The mother does not leave the egg because she does not care. She does her part, and then she comes back. The book is good, but I did not care for many of the adjectives the author chose or the overall tone of the book. If anyone reads this book to our son, maybe it should be my husband. I can hardly stand to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane Peters on March 30, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I really liked this book. I read this book with children for student teaching. I did a unit on penguins and this book was one that I chose to read to them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Platt on March 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
My 3 year old son and I have really enjoyed this book. He loves learning about penguins and is especially facinated with the baby chick. He knows this one inside and out. Since the content is nonfiction I do not mind when he asks me to read it again and again.
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