From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6–What with penguins marching on happy feet in movie theaters and on video screens, it's no wonder that a new title on the subject should hover on the Antarctic horizon. Nicely illustrated with realistic acrylic paintings and some photos, slender and oversized, this book is eye-catching and attractive. Daigle's text reads, in places, like a Cousteau-inspired script. Broken into broad subject areas (think Predators), it is then encapsulated into smaller topics (Look Out for the Leopard Seal!) surrounded by a sea of white space and accompanying illustrations and captions. Along with the expected biological information on diet, physique, nesting, and habitat are a quick overview of Antarctic exploration and comments regarding the unique global detente among nations as to environmental respect for this frozen continent. A helpful global distribution map is included, as is a list of Web sites (in English and French). Less detailed than Bernard Stonehouse's equally attractive A Visual Introduction to Penguins
(Checkmark, 2000) or Wayne Lynch's informative Penguins!
(Firefly, 2000), Daigle's offering contains more meat than Bobbie Kalman's Penguins
(Crabtree, 1995) or Gail Gibbons's Penguins!
(Holiday House, 1998).–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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“Just when I think I’ve seen and read it all regarding penguins, along comes a book to dispel that notion. The World of Penguins
offers an abundance of surprising and delightful gems. Written in clear, detailed, descriptive paragraphs, the book is organized by topics…Acrylic illustrations complement the text…an excellent research resource.”
—Quill & Quire
Praise for As Long as There Are Whales
“… thoroughly engaging….”
— Quill & Quire
“… a loving look at the graceful, elusive creatures that inspire awe … a beautiful and moving book…. a wonderful choice for any child with an interest in animals, science or conservation.”
— The Chronicle Herald
“Out of 10, I’d give the book a 10 and in one word I’d describe the book as excellent.”
— Aphra Sutherland, YES MagFrom the Hardcover edition.