Paco, el pingüino perdido

Paco, el pingüino perdido
Comprehension-Based Reader™
Paco is a baby penguin in a colony on the coast of Chile. His parents adore him and keep him safe, so why did they suddenly abandon him?

Level 1 and up / Novice Mid — Novice High

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Paco is a baby penguin in a colony on the coast of Chile. His parents adore him and keep him safe, so why did they suddenly abandon him? Alone and afraid, he waits for his parents to return. But he is not really alone. There are predators all around! Who will find him first—his parents or a predator?

This Comprehension-based™ reader, Paco, el pingüino perdido, strategically weaves high-level language structures into a compelling story, which is based on high-frequency vocabulary. Wayside's novice readers maintain a high frequency factor of high-level language structures, thus helping learners progress beyond typical proficiency levels.


  • Level 1 and up
  • Present tense
  • Ecology-based Fiction
  • Total word count: 4231
  • Unique word count: 60
  • Page count: 88
  • A 283-page Teacher's Guide is also available!
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Paco, el pingüino perdido Teacher's Guide

Our Teacher's Guides are loaded with resources to enrich the teaching and learning experience.

  • 283 pages/slides

    In Every Chapter:

    Vocabulary, cognates, comprehension questions, quiz, pre-reading discussion questions slideshow


    Slideshows: Centros de rescate y conservación animal, Depredadores de pingüinos, Derrames de petroleo, Los especies de pingüinos

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    Features and Highlights:

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