A Book Recommendation for World Penguin Day!
Penguins: The Ultimate Guide, by by (Illus.) Princeton, NJ Princeton 2014. 240pp. $35.00. 2013956959. ISBN 9780691162997. Index; C.I.P.
Although not a scientific treatise, Penguins is built on a solid foundation of scientific research. Furthermore, and importantly, the three authors of Penguins have extensive firsthand experience with penguins making readers feel as if they are on an ecotourism trip under knowledgeable guides. A plethora of large, color photographs lend themselves to the feeling of ecotourism and are an integral component of the book. Indeed, the stunning detail and broad scope of the hundreds of photographs adeptly illustrate and truly educate as well as the respectably written text. In terms of content, Penguins provides a broad overview of the natural history of all species of penguins. Major conservation issues are also described. A series of two-page chapters written by scientists cover topics such as evolutionary history, coloration, eggs, and monitoring penguins with satellites. Readers learn about global distribution (maps are liberally sprinkled throughout) as well as the cultural appeal of penguins. The authors ably provide guidance on where readers can see penguins in the wild. The authors' combined decades of experience watching penguins in their natural habitat coupled with scientific knowledge results in a book that is accessible to a broad audience. In the end, readers feel as if they have been on an intimate journey to the far reaches of the world where they experienced penguins personally.—Jorie M. Favreau, Paul Smith's College, Paul Smith's, NY
25 Apr 2015 12:33 PM