Pierre the Penguin: A True Story

Pierre the Penguin: A True Story


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When Pierre, a penguin living at the California Academy of Sciences, loses his feathers, he gets some help from his human friends. A true story of veterniary ingenuity.

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ISBN-13: 9781585364855
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date: 04/06/2010
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 473,319
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD510L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

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Pierre the Penguin: A True Story 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
jenniferbogart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Did you know that April 25th is World Penguin Day? It correlates with the beginning of the annual northward migration of penguins. Missed it? Don¿t feel bad, we did too (stomach flu). But for penguin loving families, any day is a good day to learn about penguins and if you want to keep a picture book in mind that comes along with a teaching guide for educational extension possibilities, Pierre the Penguin is where it¿s at.You might be familiar with Pierre¿s true story if you and your family have watched the bonus disc that comes in the latest boxed set of March of the Penguins on DVD. That is where we first saw Pierre and his special situation. Dealing with feather breakage and loss Pierre was scaring the other penguins in his zoo habitat, and wasn¿t able to swim due to the lack of insulating feathers. Thankfully, an aquatic biologist came to his rescue, and Pierre the Penguin is his story told in simple, child-friendly rhyming text that quickly engages young listeners.The blocky text style with only a few words on each page against the large realistic illustrations make this title particularly engaging. I love Marzollo¿s use of action and sound words that really draw my preschoolers in. This inspiring story is also great reading for budding young scientists with a longing to make a difference in the lives of troubled animals.A question and answer section by Pam Schaller (the aquatic biologist who worked with Pierre) is included for children who¿d like to learn more, and the full teaching guide is available for free online.Reviewed at quiverfullfamily.com
flemmily on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the true story of Pierre the Penguin, who lives at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Pierre is stressed out, and begins losing his feathers. He can't swim, can't keep his weight up, and is being teased by the other penguins. So he gets more stressed and loses more feathers! Pam, the aquatic biologist who takes care of the penguins, must find a way to help Pierre get better.Pierre the penguin is told in rhyme. The story is sweet, but not saccharin. Marzollo uses words very well, crafting a clear yet complex story. Pierre also sneaks some wonderful lessons about disability and assistive technology; Pierr'e's feather loss impairs one or more life activities and causes him to be the target of penguin prejudice and bullying. His wetsuit allows him to once again participate in important penguin activities such as swimming.Regan's illustrations of Pierre and the other penguins strike a great balance between realism and emotional expression. Pierre's feelings are accessible, but he remains an animal rather than a human. The colors are somewhat muted, and the lines are soft. However, they are not sentimental, dreamy, or in any way cloying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love him