The story behind the book
I set out to write a nonfiction picture book about emperor penguins. I did lots of research and took notes on a yellow legal pad. Then a funny thing happened. I was reading my notes and marking important things, and I found myself doodling little pictures and writing lists of rhyming words. Hmmmm, I thought. Perhaps I could write some scientific poems about penguins. Penguins are just so irresistible. I was soon seeing them in my mind's eye singing and dancing onstage, telling everyone about their lives. Soon they were singing and dancing on the Weston Woods animation, which won the American Library Association's Carnegie Medal.
Did you know that there is no word in the English language that rhymes with penguin? This book proves that you can write a poem about something (even many poems about something) without rhyming the word for the thing that the poem's about.