Cover image for The emperor lays an egg
Title:
The emperor lays an egg
Author:
Guiberson, Brenda Z.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt & Co., [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 840 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 55718.

Reading Counts RC K-2 4.1 2 Quiz: 27718 Guided reading level: M.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780805062045
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Follow as a penguin grows from egg to adulthood in the coldest place on earth.

In the middle of winter, in the coldest place on earth, the mother emperor penguin lays her egg. The father rolls the egg onto his feet and keeps it warm. He doesn't eat or even move for two whole months. Finally the egg hatches.

The penguin chick is a tiny ball of gray fluff. The parents have to work hard to get enough food for their baby. The hungry father travels to the ocean to fish.
When the short summer comes to Antarctica, the chick grows a shiny coat of black and white feathers. Now it can take its first swim. And the parents fatten themselves up for winter, the long icy season when the emperor penguin lays its egg.

Stunning collages of handpainted paper and clear, evocative text capture the beauty and drama of the icy Antarctic world and one of its most fascinating and endearing inhabitants.


Author Notes

Brenda Z. Guiberson has written many books for children, including Cactus Hotel , Spoonbill Swamp , Moon Bear and Disasters . As a child, Brenda never thought she wanted to be a writer--her dreams tended more toward jungle explorer. She graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in English and Fine Art. She started thinking about writing for children when her son went to elementary school, and she volunteered in his class and in the school library. After taking exciting trips that involved a fifty-foot cactus, hungry alligators and sunset-colored spoonbills, she wanted to create books for children that would be like a field trip. Her books are full of well-researched detail, and Brenda sees this research as an adventure--one that allows her to be a jungle explorer at last. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Joan Paley is the illustrator of Unbeatable Beaks and several other books for children. She created the collages in this book by cutting shapes from paper that she hand painted. Ms. Paley lives with her husband in North Scituate, Massachusetts.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. This large, handsome book presents the life cycle of the emperor penguin by following a family of the birds through a year beginning in May, when the mother lays one egg and passes it to the father penguin, who holds it on his feet under a flap of skin. Guiberson's vivid prose fleshes out the bare bones of the penguin's life cycle. She creates memorable images through straightforward presentation of the material to bring the story to life: for instance, "It is such a strong instinct that one emperor who doesn't have an egg shuffles around with a chunk of ice about the size of a softball"; or, "During the first twenty days, the father stands as still as a fire hydrant on the very same spot of ice." Paley's collages of painted and cut papers provide exceptionally beautiful scenes of the birds, from close-ups of the chick on his father's feet to scenes of the flock huddled for warmth or lined up to dive into the sea. The watery blues, greens, and purples of the setting show off the black, grays, and creamy yellows of the penguins in a surprisingly varied series of illustrations. --Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-Beginning with the laying of an egg, Guiberson describes the care given to a baby emperor penguin by both parents from the time it hatches until it is on its own. Much detail is given about the activities of the mother and father, particularly their unusual eating patterns and survival skills. In addition to the well-researched and well-organized text, most pages utilize onomatopoeia that is sure to be enjoyed by young readers who can mimic the sounds created by these phrases ("Whoosh-whish," "Shuffle, shuffle," "Gurgle, swish"). Educational information is presented informally and successfully blends with the storylike tone of the book. Created by cutting shapes from hand-painted paper, Paley's icy blue and purple collage illustrations serve as a wintry backdrop for the black-and-white emperor penguins. They make readers shiver as they see the fathers working hard to keep themselves and their small charges warm in the freezing temperatures. As the catchy title indicates, Guiberson's book is sure to delight readers. By describing the life cycle of the emperor penguin and the unusually harsh Antarctic climate, the author introduces young readers to the wonderful diversity of the Earth's habitats.-Cathie E. Bashaw, Somers Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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