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Baby Penguin, Part II
Baby Penguin is happy to return to the nest with Mother and Father Penguin.
Baby Penguin is happy to return to the nest with Mother and Father Penguin.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Below is the second part of "Baby Penguin."

Baby Penguin goes back to the other penguins. She is frightened and very hungry. Suddenly she hears her father calling to her! Will he find her? Baby Penguin is lost in a crowd of fuzzy little black penguins that look just like her.

Baby Penguin lifts her head and barks as loudly as she can. Her parents hear her over all the other noise. They find her!

Baby Penguin is happy to return to the nest with Mother and Father Penguin. She knows it is time for them to feed her the fish that they have caught in the sea.

Penguins get all of their food from the ocean. They eat fish, crab, and squid. They also eat small sea creatures called plankton. Penguins have spiky tongues that help them grip the slippery fish in their beaks.

When penguins get thirsty, they can eat snow to quench their thirst. And they can drink salty ocean water without getting sick.

After Baby Penguin eats her meal, Mother and Father Penguin "clean house." They replace the rocks that have tumbled off their nest pile.

A snowstorm has blown in from the ocean. Large, white flakes are falling everywhere. Baby Penguin is lucky to have her parents to shelter her from the cold winds and keep her warm.

A snowstorm has blown in from the ocean.
A snowstorm has blown in from the ocean.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Penguins have bodies that are built for the coldest weather on earth. Their bodies are covered with three layers of tiny, waterproof feathers, which keep out the cold wind and keep in their body heat. They also have a thick layer of fat all over their

bodies to keep them warm.

The penguin family huddles together. When the sky clears, the snow will melt. It will be fishing time again!

A few weeks have passed. Baby Penguin has new feathers. Now she looks like a grown-up. Baby Penguin flaps her flippers. Now she is ready to go somewhere. So are the other penguins. They form a big group near the water.

Baby Penguin follows them. She uses her flippers to slide across the cold ice on her belly. Baby Penguin quickly discovers that sliding is the best way to get around on the cold snow and ice. Penguins do this by using their fat bellies as toboggans.

Baby Penguin uses her flippers to slide across the cold ice on her belly.
Baby Penguin uses her flippers to slide across the cold ice on her belly.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

It is now time for the young penguins' first swim in the sea. Baby Penguin is one of the last little penguins to dive in. She's really swimming fast! Baby Penguin is no longer such a slowpoke!

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