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Smithsonian Q & A: Penguins: The Ultimate Question & Answer Book Paperback – June 26, 2007
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About the Author
LLOYD SPENCER DAVIS is a research biologist at the University of Otago in New Zealand and has studied penguins for over a quarter-century. He is the author of three previous books and numerous scientific articles on penguins.
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There are other books out there that have better photos but this one is probably the best balance between photos and information. If you already have some good photo books on penguins but are interested in becoming more informed, this is a very good book.
The question and answer format is perfect - the book is broken down into sections; each section is broken down into subjects; and each subject has one or more questions, each of which is answered with a brief paragraph. It's an easily digestible format. For example, in the section titled Chicks, one of the subjects is Hatching; one of the questions in the Hatching section is 'What is esophogeal milk?'. (The brief answer - for those who are curious - is that it's a secretion briefly produced by incubating male Emperor penguins to feed their newborn chick for a few days if the female has not yet returned from sea with a belly full of food.) This is a book that you can read sequentially, or just pick up and leaf through randomly to learn a lot of fun facts about these fascinating seabirds. The text is complemented by a large number of instructive and beautiful photographs of every penguin species.
I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn more about penguins. As a former Senior Penguin Aquarist at Boston's New England Aquarium, it's a pleasure to come across a penguin book that is so comprehensive and well written. I challenge you to come up with a question about penguins that Lloyd Spencer Davis has not already thought to answer! I have to thank my friend and colleague from the aquarium, Mandy, for giving me this wonderful book as a gift. My dad loved reading it so much during a recent visit that I bought him his own copy to enjoy. I give it two enthusiastic thumbs up!!
Dyan deNapoli, The Penguin Lady