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Penguins of the World Paperback – August 17, 2007
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[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)
[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)
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)
Top Customer Reviews
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.
The book is so beautifully illustrated and informative I could even think of giving up a trip to Antarctica.
NOT this book! The photographs are spectacular, to be sure, but I was quite pleasantly surprised about the text. It really tells you all you never knew about the natural history, biogeography, and ecology of penguins, in a very accessible, interesting, direct, entertaining, and often ruthless (truthful) style. The extensive biological knowledge of the author really helps in his explanations. I highly recommend this book. I loved it!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For my 8 year old who loves penguins. Beautiful pictures and good information. A lot of text, so a good book for kids who can read.Published 7 months ago by P. Chung
It is nice book. It became a nice gift to 9yo girl who is fan of penguins.Published 19 months ago by Vladimir
My daughter LOVED this book. Great info about penguins...all species!Published 22 months ago by David A Vance