by Roger Tory Peterson
ISBN 0395270928 (0-395-27092-8)
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Hardcover, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1979
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Book summary: "Comical'. . . 'Adorable'. . .'The little fellow in the dress suit'. . . It is tempting to be anthropomorphic about penguins [but] they are not little people dressed in feathers. They are . . . dedicated to penguinism, a life molded by the cold impersonal sea, harsh climate, and the crowded colonies in which they reproduce." Roger Tory Peterson (1908-1997) was the greatest naturalist of the twentieth century. He was also known as King Penguin, and Penguins is his tribute to his favorite family of birds. Drawing on a lifetime of personal experience with these remarkable creatures, he captures the essence of penguins, both species and individuals, from the giant emperor penguin to the little blue penguin, ranging from the coldest ice fields of Antarctica to semitropical shores. His engaging prose, splendid photographs, and spirited drawings are the armchair equivalent of an extended expedition to these remote places with the most knowledgeable and entertaining guide possible.
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