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Children's Nonfiction Birds

The World of Penguins

by (author) Evelyne Daigle

illustrated by Daniel Grenier

translated by Geneviève Wright

Initial publish date
Nov 2008
Birds, Water (Oceans, Lakes, etc.), Marine Life
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2008
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7


Journey south of the equator to the cold-water currents of South America, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica, where seventeen different types of penguins reside.

An early explorer wrote, “We came across a multitude of strange birds. They could not fly, but ran quickly enough to get away from us…. Nature appears to have endowed them with great agility: they are wonderful swimmers.”

In The World of Penguins, critically acclaimed biologist and wildlife educator Evelyne Daigle, brings readers an in-depth view into the fascinating environment of these exquisite birds. The riveting text coupled with detailed illustrations by well-known, wildlife illustrator Daniel Grenier, will capture readers everywhere as they take “flight” into the land and underwater world of penguins.

Did you know?
-A penguin colony becomes a source of heat in cold weather
-The colony provides protection from predators
-The young in a penguin colony form a nursery, or crèches, leaving both parents free to fish together

About the authors

Evelyne Daigle's profile page

DANIEL GRENIER was born in Brossard, Quebec, in 1980. His debut short story collection, Malgré tout on rit à Saint-Henri was published in 2012, and he has published French translations of Anna Leventhal’s Sweet Affliction, Arjun Basu’s Waiting for the Man, and a translation of Mireille Silcoff’s Chez L’arabe is forthcoming. The Longest Year, his first novel, won the Prix littéraire des collégiens and was a finalist for the Prix des libraires, and the Prix littéraire France-Québec. He lives in Quebec City.

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Editorial Reviews

“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 [starred review]

“… 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 Mag

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