Splash!: A Penguin Counting Book

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A counting book featuring photographs of Adelie penguins in their natural habitat.

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A collection of full-color photographs of Antarctic Adelie penguins masquerades as a counting book, covering numbers one through ten. Penguin parents are off to sea, in search of krill to feed the babies. This single event is outlined with a minimum of text, and each spread offers a basic counting opportunity. Viewers can count three fuzzy babies in their just-hatched fluffy gray down, four penguin footprints spread across the sand, five adult penguins marching over ice. Whether trudging, swimming, sliding, or flapping, these flightless, toddling, torpedo-shaped creatures are fun to watch, waddling awkwardly on short legs, flippers bent behind. Bundles of nestled gray chicks are contrasted with the bold blacks and whites of their adult counterparts in the spread for ten. ``How many penguins do you see?'' is a final challenge, and although the picture is cropped and an official answer not provided, readers will want to take a crack at counting the entire rookery. The background of sea, snow, and shadows offers the perfect theater for these Charlie Chaplins of the Antarctic, all dressed up for a premiere on ice. (Picture book. 2-4) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Ages 2-6. Crisp color photos of Adelie penguins illustrate this slim counting exercise that also tells a story. "Wake up, baby penguin," reads the text on page one, which faces a picture of a single baby bird. The following pages, featuring birds in increasing numbers up to 10, show the adult penguins waking, heading to the sea for food, and returning before a storm to feed and snuggle their chicks. The birds' inherent charm comes across in the bright photos of the group waddling across the snow with the cool blue of the icy water in the background. A good nonfiction option for beginning readers. Gillian Engberg
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