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?

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-51241-315-1
$31.99 $23.99
978-1-51245-112-2
$47.99 $35.99
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Animals, Science, 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
BISACS JNF038010, JNF037020, JNF003030
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

Awards

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

Reviews

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

Booklist

“[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

Author: Sandra Markle

Sandra Markle is the author of numerous award-winning books for children. A former elementary science teacher, she is a nationally-known science education consultant. Markle has received many honors for her series Animal Predators, Animal Scavengers, and Animal Prey. Several titles have been named as National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)/Children’s Book Council (CBC) Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, and Animal Predators was honored as a Top 10 Youth Nonfiction Series by Booklist. Markle is also the author of the Insect World series and several single titles. Her book Rescues! was named a Best Book by the Society of School Librarians International and a Recommended Title of Outstanding Nonfiction by the National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) Orbis Pictus Award committee; Animal Heroes was named a 2008 Lasting Connections title by Book Links. Markle lives in Lakewood Ranch, Florida with her husband, photographer Skip Jeffery.

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Sandra Markle's Science Discoveries

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