Pros: Great illustrations and good description of the chick cycle
Cons: Can get confusing reading with younger kids and you try to set the inaccuracy straight
The Bottom Line: I think this is a good picture book about Emperor Penguin chicks, but I found it not worth the trouble of trying to get the record straight with younger kids.
This book is beautifully illustrated. It does a good job of teaching about Emperor penguin chicks from the moment the mom lays the egg to when the chick grows its waterproof feathers and heads to the ocean to get food for itself. It does a good job of explaining how Emperor Penguins raise their chicks. It also gives brief information about King penguins, Adelie Penguins, Rockhopper penguins, Jackass penguins (they are more correctly callsed African penguins), and Little blue or fairy penguins. It also has a great idea about using a potato to walk like a penguin that is protecting his egg.
It, however, has one little paragraph early on in the book that annoyed me. It said that there is nothing except snow and ice in Antarctica and thus nothing to build nests out of. That is very untrue, as there are rocks, and in fact I know at least Adelie penguins use rocks to build nests and breed in Antarctica. While it is true that the Emperor Penguins, which this book discusses, do breed where there are not any rocks I find it unexcuseable to be telling kids such a horrible generalization about Antarctica, especially when the book itself tells about Adelie penguins building nests out of stones at the end of the book. I just found this to be a very confusing thing to try to explain to kids because the main part of the story tells them that Antarctica is only ice and snow and nothing else and then the Find Out More About Penguins section at the back tells them that Adelie penguins build nest out of stone. While this is something older kids can figure out, I would rather just steer clear from using this book with younger kids than confusing them.