Thursday, April 25, 2013

What's Black and White and Fun All Over?

If you like penguins, and who doesn’t, April 25 is World Penguin Day. It all began when the scientists and researchers at McMurdo Station in Antarctica noticed that every year on April 25, a colony of Adelie Penguins returned from spending months at sea. They returned to the same spot, on the same day, every year. Coincidence… no way! This is the normal migrating pattern of Adelie Penguins. After several years of observing this phenomenon, the scientists and researchers began to plan for the penguins’ arrival and created a day of celebration. Every year, hundreds of penguins would arrive on schedule and the celebration would commence. This was the start of World Penguin Day. If you are unable to visit Antarctica for a first-hand look at the migration, do something else penguin friendly like waddle when you walk, wear black and white, visit the zoo or check out some of my favorite books about penguins. Happy World Penguin Day!

 Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo
Turtle’s Penguin Day by Valerie Gorbachev
Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
 And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
A Penguin Story by Antoinette Portis
 Penguins by Seymour Simon
 Penguin Chick by Betty Tatham
 Penguin and Pinecone: A Friend Story by Salina Yoon

Submitted by Carla Perkins

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