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January 26, 2011

Pierre the Penguin Book: Questions from A Kindergarten Class

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Pierre the Penguin Book has won five awards including A Gold award from the California Reading Association. See the awards as posted by the illustrator Laura Regan Wildlife Illustrator Laura Regans Website 

Recently a Kindergarten Class at Marshall Lane School in Saratoga, California submitted a list of questions about the book to me. Here are their questions with my responses.

What do you do at the Cal Academy? My job is to care for the animals in the Aquarium, including the African penguins, Lake Malawi Cichlids, Alligator Gars and I am also on the Swamp Team that works with Claude our Albino Alligator.

Is Pierre a good penguin or a badly behaved penguin? Pierre is an excellent parent, steady mate to his girlfriend and interacts with the other penguins through normal healthy “good” behaviors.

Is Pierre fully healthy now? Yes, he is the healthiest I have seen him, swimming and nesting like he used to when he was much younger.

What kind of fish do penguins eat? African penguins mainly eat Anchovies, Sardines and Gobies.

How did you make the wet suit? I had a lot of tailoring help from Celeste, another person that works at the Academy. We worked together to get the suit to fit Pierre perfectly. We measured him and watched him every day to make sure he was comfortable.

How did you get the material for the wet suit? The neoprene, a rubbery material, was donated by Oceanic, a wet suit company for Pierre’s first wet suit. I purchased the material for his second wet suit. (Yes, Pierre has two).

Where can we see the wet suit? There is a display in front of the penguin exhibit in African Hall at the Academy. One of his wet suits is on display in it.

How did you put the wet suit on Pierre? I would place Pierre on a table, hold his wings out, place one wing through one hole, stretch the suit across Pierre’s chest and then place his second wing in the other hole. I finally would close the wet suit with velcro across his back.

What is your dog’s name? Tigris, like the river.

What store did you get your dog’s raincoat from? I purchased Tigris’s raincoat from Boat US, a company that makes lots of gear for people who like to sail.

Thank you to the Students in Mrs. Tolbert’s Kindergarten Class for your questions! Keep reading and learning!-Pamela Schaller


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3 Comments »

  1. pierre is so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by abby — March 11, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

  2. I’m a librarian at an elementary school in southern California, and have been reading Jean Marzollo’s book, Pierre the Penguin, to our students. We’re all enjoying it, and have been watching the 10:30 feeding at recess to learn more about Pierre and his companions. Thank you for an excellent introduction to African penguins and to the California Academy of Sciences. We were very happy to hear that Pierre is doing well.
    Mrs. Rose
    Bonsall West Elementary School

    Comment by Mishell Rose — May 10, 2011 @ 9:31 am

  3. Hi Mishell, Thank you for watching. Pierre and the penguins are always enjoyable to work with!-Pamela Schaller

    Comment by Penguins — May 21, 2011 @ 9:56 am

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