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Waiting to fly : my escapades with the penguins of Antarctica

Author: Ron Naveen
Publisher: New York : Morrow, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Ron Naveen's Waiting to Fly captures the spirit of the gentle and charming creatures called penguins while also beautifully rendering the frozen, windswept landscapes through its magical prose. In Waiting to Fly, Naveen weaves together the stories of his own experiences as a field scientist with the adventures of earlier explorers who have studied these fascinating flightless birds. He recounts tales of daring
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Named Person: Ron Naveen
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ron Naveen
ISBN: 0688158943 9780688158941
OCLC Number: 39281998
Description: viii, 374 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm.
Responsibility: Ron Naveen.

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Ron Naveen's Waiting to Fly captures the spirit of the gentle and charming creatures called penguins while also beautifully rendering the frozen, windswept landscapes through its magical prose. In Waiting to Fly, Naveen weaves together the stories of his own experiences as a field scientist with the adventures of earlier explorers who have studied these fascinating flightless birds. He recounts tales of daring voyages in the Antarctic's dangerous seas and of the men who had to survive for months in this treacherous terrain. These stories of humans struggling to overcome the elements are paralleled with the lives at the very humanlike penguins.

Naveen also writes about his sixteen-year love affair with penguins and the strong place they have held in his mind - whether he is counting their numbers on the icy shores of the seventh continent or studying their behavior as they go through their hectic and productive lives. We see that their natural and healthy lives, unfettered by the clamor and clutter of our workaholic existence, can teach us much about ourselves. Penguins don't spend time reasoning, planning, pondering, or worrying. They're very, very busy - with lots of work to do and little time to do it. The penguins in this delightful and informative book emerge as distinctly resourceful and beguiling personalities.

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