I have a particular fondness for penguins, since I had a good friend who collected them. Even though she has been gone for fourteen years, I still find myself looking for penguins that she might like. April 25 is World Penguin Day, so get ready to celebrate these adorable black and white birds.

There are 17 different kinds of penguins. They range in size from the Fairy Penguins (aka Little or Blue Penguins) at only thirteen inches to the Emperor Penguin, which grows to about four feet tall. All of the species live in the Southern hemisphere. Many live at the South Pole or Antarctica. Others are found on the coasts of South America, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Galapagos Islands. Alphabetically, the species are: Adelie Penguin, African Penguin, Chinstrap Penguin, Emperor Penguin, Erect-Crested Penguin, Fiordland Penguin, Galapagos Penguin, Gentoo Penguin, Humboldt Penguin, King Penguin, Fairy (or Little or Blue) Penguin, Macaroni Penguin, Magellanic Penguin, Rockhopper Penguin, Royal Penguin, Snares Penguin, Yellow-eyed Penguin.

Penguins are, of course, very popular. Did you know that Amazon lists over 12,000 books about penguins in their children’s section? They range from factual books from places like National Geographic and Smithsonian to classics like Mr. Popper’s Penguins, to a Golden Book called How Do Penguins Play? Many classic books for adults are published by a company called Penguin Random House.

Sandra Boynton wrote a book and a song entitled “Your Personal Penguin,” recorded by Davy Jones of Monkees fame. If you have never heard it, stop reading right now and go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6DzceERhDU and watch the video. I guarantee you will fall in love with the song.

We have movies about penguins, such as March of the Penguins, and Happy Feet, and other less factual ones such as Penguins of Madagascar. And don’t forget the Muppet penguins.

A hockey team in Pittsburgh is named the Penguins.

There is the famous Linux penguin. I have included a quote below by Linus Torvalds the creator of the computer operating system.

Penguins can also be found in comics, such as Opus in Bloom County, or Sparky as part of the cast of Tom Tomorrow’s political comics. Those who are Doctor Who fans may remember Frobisher who traveled with the Sixth Doctor in the comic strip in Doctor Who Magazine. They can even be scary as the Penguin in Batman.

So why are penguins so popular? Bottom line – they are cute. I also admire them thriving in such harsh conditions to raise their young. Long may they continue to delight us.


There are surprisingly few quotes about penguins, though. The following are about all I could find. The first is definitely my favorite.

It’s practically impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry.–Joe Moore

Who would have thought that a tap-dancing penguin would outpoint James Bond at the box office? And deserve to? Not that there’s anything wrong with ‘Casino Royale.’ But ‘Happy Feet’ – written and directed by George Miller – is a complete charmer…–Robert Gottlieb

The answer to every problem involved penguins–Rick Riordan (The Throne of Fire)

I’ve never been in love, but if a penguin can find a soul mate, I’m sure I can, too.–Rebekah Crane (Playing Nice)

Graham glared him into silence, his eyes cold enough to make a penguin wish it had stocked up on thermal underwear.–Ian Barker (Fallen Star)

There’s nothing cuter than a baby penguin.–Lynn Duncan

I highly recommend the penguin movie because they dress really nicely.–Paul Provenza

Some people have told me they don’t think a fat penguin really embodies the grace of Linux, which just tells me they have never seen a angry penguin charging at them in excess of 100 mph. They’d be a lot more careful about what they say if they had.–Linus Torvalds

Ford, you’re turning into a penguin. Stop it.–Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

Find nearly 9000 inspirational quotes and a link to the Quote of the Day list at http://www.quotelady.com.

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