A day after reading And Tango Makes Three (see previous post) I saw the film March of the Penguins about the emperor penguins of Antarctica. Everyone I know either thought the film was terrifically inspiring or else incredibly harrowing, but without exception everyone seems to have been deeply affected by this dazzling movie.
The children's collection has a number of books to help me answer some of the questions I have about penguins now. Most of them are classified J 598.47.I have learned that there are 17 different kinds of penguins, most of whom do NOT live in snow and ice. (Brrrrrrrr. I am thinking about those poor emperor penguins huddling together before a muderous gale of ice and snow at the same time Takoma Parkians were dying of the 100 degree heat around here.) According to one of the penguin books, their chicks should be around two weeks old by now. Awwwww ... so sweet!