Aquarium’s recovery tale teaches patience pays off _lowres


“A Penguin Named Patience: A Hurricane Katrina Rescue Story”

By Suzanne Lewis, illustrated by Lisa Anchin, Sleeping Bear Press, $15.95

As people and pets were being rescued from a flooded post-Katrina New Orleans, a penguin named Patience was learning to be patient.

She and the rest of the penguin colony at the electricity-deprived Aquarium of the Americas were feeling the heat, and waiting. Eventually, the birds were relocated from the riverfront attraction to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.

The 19 penguins lived there for nine months. They had to be patient while their New Orleans home was being refurbished.

The day finally came, and what a homecoming it was. Flown back to the Big Easy on a FedEx Airbus, the tuxedo-resembling birds waddled as a band played “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

Patience had been patient, and it had paid off.

This sweet children’s book is attractively illustrated and based on true events.

Judy Bergeron