The Great Penguin Rescue

Saving the African Penguins

From the Series Sandra Markle's Science Discoveries

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

African penguins waddle around nesting colonies in lower numbers than ever before. Despite South African government efforts to protect the penguin colonies and their ocean fish supply, young penguins still struggle to survive. Fuzzy chicks waiting for food in open nests may overheat in the sun or become prey. Others simply may not get enough food to survive on their own once their parents leave. But new conservation methods, including rescuing and hand-feeding vulnerable chicks, are giving experts hope. Can volunteers and scientists help save Africa’s only penguins before it’s too late?

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Animals, STEM, STEM: Life Science/Animals
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2017-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 9.6
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF003030, JNF038010, JNF037020
Dewey 598.47
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 1070
Guided Reading Level V
ATOS Reading Level 6.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 189678
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Maps, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Starred Reviews, Teaching Guides, and Timeline

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Sandra Markle's Science Discoveries

Join award-winning science author Sandra Markle as she sheds light on some of the most fascinating scientific investigations in the animal kingdom. Solve real-life science mysteries alongside the teams of scientists dedicated to saving vanishing species or discovering new ones. And see… View available downloads →


  • Green Earth Book Award Short List, Short-listed, 2018
  • Booklist Top 10 Sci-Tech Books for Youth, Winner, 2017
  • NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, Winner, 2017


The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Markle’s unanthropomorphized opening scene is a powerful entree into the plight of African penguins. . . . Exceptionally well-organized text leads readers through the reasons for endangerment . . .”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


“[W]ell-chosen photos appear on every page of the book and illustrate the text very effectively. . . . A vivid introduction to African penguins, their remarkable rescue, and their still precarious existence.”—starred, Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Smoothly written and beautifully presented, another stellar animal conservation tale.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“Markle delivers another compelling story of wildlife conservation efforts that deserves a place in most collections.”—School Library Journal