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PADDLEWINGS Chapter I HOW THE PENGUINS GOT THEIR PADDLES AND CAME NORTH FROM THE SOUTH POLE WE ARE apt to think of penguins as belonging near icebergs, in the cold places at the bottom of the world near the South Pole. This book is about a penguin who lived on some islands in the Pacific Ocean, as far as possible from both the South Pole and the North Pole. Since these islands are farthest from the two coldest places on earth, they are in the hottest place, right on the Equator. If you look at the map of South America you will see a little country called Ecuador, which means equator in our language. If you follow the Equator right through Ecuador, and keep on into the Pacific Ocean, you will come to the Galapagos Islands. They are six hundred miles away to the west of Ec- uador, and that is where the penguin, Paddlewings, was hatched one fine day, not long ago. Many thousands of years ago, Paddlewings' ancestors did live down near the South Pole. A great deal had to happen before the first pen- guins came to live where Paddlewings came pipping out of his shell. I