Pierre the Penguin: A True Story By Jean Marzollo
This feel-good book is a true story about a penguin named Pierre who inexplicably loses his feathers. Pierre lives at the California Academy of Sciences and is fortunate to have an aquatic biologist named Pam caring for him. She noticed that Pierre was afraid to go in the water because he'd be too cold without his feathers to protect him. The biologists gave him pills to make his feathers grow but nothing worked, until one day Pam came up with the ingenious idea to make a neoprene wetsuit for Pierre to wear until his feathers eventually grew back. This is a fabulous addition to any penguin unit of study or just as an outstanding nonfiction book selection for children.
This book also won the Outstanding Science Trade Book award by the Children's Book Council.