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The Emperor's Egg (Read and Wonder) [Library Binding]

Martin Jenkins , Jane Chapman
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9 May 2008 Read and Wonder
Fabulous facts about nature's most devoted dad, in an utterly charming picture book.

Can you imagine spending the winter outdoors in Antarctica without anything at all to eat? That's just what the male Emperor penguin does. While his mate is off swimming in the ocean and catching loads of fish, he stands around in the freezing cold with an egg on his feet for two whole months, keeping it warm and waiting for it to hatch. Welcome to the story of the world's most devoted dad!
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  • Library Binding: 29 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435273648
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435273641
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 23 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,747,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are 17 kinds of penguin but the Emperor is the only one that breeds in Antarctica in midwinter. The adults arrive at their breeding areas--often as far as 200 kilometres from the open sea--in late autumn. A few weeks later the female lays her single egg and returns to the sea, leaving the male to keep the egg warm a couple of months later.

And so begins the story of The Emperor's Egg, a fascinating and unique story retold in a stunning book that quite simply takes the breath away. Superbly detailed and vivid illustrations that capture the chill of the Antarctic in a palette of icy blues contrast with the warm and informative text that explains the life-cycle of Emperor penguins in a memorable, sing-song way.

The Emperor's Egg is a stunning introduction to a truly remarkable creature, and could certainly be used in a study of the subject. But the overriding feeling is that this book is ideal for parent and child to share together anytime, and is sure to become a firm favourite. (Ages 4 and over)--Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Full of facts and surprises... a distinguished array of artists and authors, and a (narrative) approach more serendipitous than encyclopaedic. Each book has an entirely original slant on its subject." The Guardian "The best information books are so interesting that they make you want to find out more. The Read and Wonder books do just that." Margaret Meek, Emeritus Reader, Institute of Education, University of London --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 30 Dec 2003
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The Emperor's Egg is a beautifully written factual account of the life of an Emperor Penguin. Information is given in such a way that you it feels to both reader and listener that you have a penguin expert with you in the room. My four year old son has taken this book to both nursery and school with him to the delight of his teachers and peers alike. I cannot recommend this book too highly!
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This author has a fantastic, personal, style of writing which grabs the attention and holds it tight, right till the end of the book. This book is ENTIRELY factual - but it is presented in a compelling manner, with illustrations which make you shiver and you can almost hear the icy wind whistling round the bedroom. The story of the emperor penguin's egg is fascinating - there was a lot here I didn't know - and is written with the main story and extra information which would be of particular interest to slightly older children. We borrowed this book from my 4 year old's school library and I am now going to buy everything else I can find by this duo! Definitely a 5* selection for any young child (2-7, or thereabouts!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for year 1 1 Jan 2012
By Janeeo
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I recently used this text in a teaching sequence for my year one class. The children were mesmorised by the subject matter and thoroghly enjoyed the book. It is a beautifully written non fiction text which introduces the children to a part of the world and a species of animal which they are not familiar with. There is lots in this book for the children to learn and engage with. A very successful topic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 3 Nov 2013
By Layla
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Fantastic book to reinforce the idea of insulation and how it is used in real life.

Quick delivery. Very efficient.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Penguin lover Grandson 11 Oct 2013
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I bought this for my grandson who adores penguins. It was a great hit apparently, so I would recomend this for all penguin loving grandchildren'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eggcellent! 18 April 2013
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The book is the perfect mix between fiction and non-fiction to enthuse children about the topic of penguins. Great Read.
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