THE GREAT PENGUIN RESCUE
(Millbrook/Lerner, 2017) is about African penguins.
A MOTHER'S JOURNEY (Charlesbridge, 2005) is about Emperor penguins.
PENGUINS: GROWING UP WILD (Currently Available on Amazon Kindle) is about Adelie penguins.
I love penguins because I had the wonderful opportunity twice to live with 160,000+ Adelies in Antarctica during the summer while they raised their chicks, watch Emperors from an icebreaker while they were riding on icebergs (off duty from wintertime egg hatching) and see even more kinds of penguins (Fairy Blue and Yellow-eyed) in New Zealand.
So, as I celebrate my newest penguin book, I wanted to share some activities for children to enjoy learning about penguins.
HOW PENGUINS STAY DRY
First, use the link to download a printable picture of an African penguin--two for each child.
The picture is labelled telling children how to correctly color an African penguin with one exception.
Check out this real photo of an African penguin on the cover of THE GREAT PENGUIN RESCUE. African penguins always have that pinkish area by their eyes. Be sure children color the white areas too.
Next, supply children with paper cups of water and eyedroppers. Have them drip five drops of water on the uncolored African penguin. Then have them drip five drops on the colored African penguin. Ask, "What difference do you see?"
The children will observe the water soaks into the uncolored penguin and beads up on the colored on. African penguins, like all penguins, have a special gland that lets them spread an oily coat over their feathers. Like the wax, that lets their feather shed water. And penguin feathers are incredibly small (I know because I've held some in my hand). But the tiny feathers tuck tightly over each other, like roof shingles, to form a thick, watertight coat. In fact, penguins have more feathers than most birds--as many as 100 feather per square inch.