A Mother's Journey

Markle, Sandra

Book - 2005
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Mother's Journey
Acclaimed nonfiction author Sandra Markle presents the daring story of a mother emperor penguin's struggle to reach the sea, find food, avoid predators, and make her way back to her mate and their newborn chick before they starve. Alan Marks' luminous illustrations highlight the harsh conditions and stunning landscapes of Antarctica. Emperors Are Amazing! · Emperor penguins are the largest and heaviest kind of penguin, standing up to 44 inches (112 centimeters) tall and weighing as much as 90 pounds (41 kilograms). · At sea, emperor penguins can dive deeper than any other bird. By attaching special depth recorders, scientists discovered emperors could dive down more than 1,600 feet (500 meters). · Emperor penguins are the only animals that breed during the Antarctic winter. · It only takes about 150 days from hatching for emperor chicks to reach maturity, when they're ready to be on their own. · Like all penguins an emperor penguin's bones are heavier than those of a flying bird. This helps them dive easily when they search for food.

Publisher: Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, 2005
ISBN: 1570916225
Branch Call Number: j 598.47 M346m 2005
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,29 cm
Additional Contributors: Marks, Alan 1957-Illustrator


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Describes the long, dangerous journey of a female emperor penguin to bring food back for her newborn chick.

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