Pierre the Penguin: A True Story

 
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When Pierre, an African penguin living at the California Academy of Sciences, begins to lose his feathers, the zoo staff is at a loss as to what to do. The lack of feathers causes Pierre to lose warmth, making him afraid to swim in the zoo pool. And the other penguins start to shy away, giving Pierre the "cold" shoulder. Unfortunately, heaters and medications fail to correct the situation. But one rainy day, inspiration strikes a biologist named Pam. While walking her dog in the rain, Pam notes that her pet wears a raincoat. Could a "raincoat," or wet suit, help Pierre? A tiny neoprene wet suit is designed especially for Pierre. But will it work? Told in rhyme by noted I SPY author Jean Marzollo, this true story of veterinary ingenuity charmingly comes to life. Jean Marzollo has written more than 100 children's books, including the award-winning I SPY series. With a graduate degree from Harvard, she has taught school, written books about teaching and parenting, and was the editor of Scholastic's Let's Find Out kindergarten magazine for 20 years. Jean lives in upstate New York. Nationally known for her many award-winning children's books that feature exotic flora and fauna, Laura Regan's artwork has been used to raise funds for many wildlife organizations. She is the illustrator of A is for Anaconda: A Rainforest Alphabet. Laura lives in the Bay Area in California.

Details

Specifications

  • Dewey: 598.47
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781585364855): 32 pages, 10 (w) x 10 (h), © 2010, 04/06/2010
  • PDF (9781585365814): 32 pages, 10 (w) x 10 (h), © 2010, 06/29/2010
  • Hosted ebook (9781627534482): 32 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013

Leveling

  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 9
  • ATOS Reading Level: 2.5
  • ATOS Interest Level: LG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 136904
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects

Awards

  • 2017-2018 Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee, 2017
  • 2014 California Collection List - Elementary, Winner, 2014
  • Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award List--Primary Category, Short-listed, 2013
  • Missouri Association of School Librarian's Show Me Readers Award List, Short-listed, 2012
  • South Carolina Picture Book Award List, Short-listed, 2012
  • Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 List (National Science Teachers Association and Children's Book Council), Short-listed, 2011
  • Alabama Camellia Award Program--Grades 2-3, Winner, 2011
  • Delaware Diamonds Book List--K-2 Category, Short-listed, 2011
  • California Reading Association Eureka! Gold Award, Winner, 2010
  • Oppenhim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award--Gold, Winner, 2010
  • Society of School Librarians International Honor Book: Science Grades K-6 Category, Winner, 2010
  • USA Book News Best Books Finalist, Runner-up, 2010

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Contributors

Author: Jean Marzollo

Jean Marzollo has written more than 100 children’s books, including the award-winning I SPY series. With a graduate degree from Harvard, she has taught school, written books about teaching and parenting, and was the editor of Scholastic’s Let’s Find Out kindergarten magazine for 20 years. Jean lives in upstate New York.

Illustrator: Laura Regan

Laura Regan, born in Canada and raised in California, studied graphic design at the Maryland Institute College of Art, but soon found that painting was her true passion. She began illustrating books in 1990 after hearing that school children were captivated by an exhibit of her exotic wildlife paintings, particularly those with creatures from the rainforest. She has illustrated several award-winning books and has used her art to help raise funds for various wildlife organizations. Laura lives near San Francisco with her husband. Together they have six grown children.