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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.”
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“Out of 10, I’d give the book a 10 and in one word I’d describe the book as excellent.”
— Aphra Sutherland, YES Mag

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (November 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887769470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887769474
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Daniel Grenier's fine color illustrations pair well with this oversized book on penguins, which goes beyond most penguin surveys to discuss some seventeen different types of penguins and their different environments around the world. The history begins with early 18th century sightings and explores how each species has adapted and changed within its environment. Maps, large-sized realistic color drawings, and plenty of easy facts make for an inviting discussion perfect for kids interested in penguins.
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