"We penguins are a very ancient and illustrious race. Our small scale-like feathers, and the habit of walking upright on our short, flat fee, and using our wings only for swimming in the sea, distinguish us from all other birds.
None of us live north of the equator, excepting one small group, which inhabit the Galapagos Islands, lying off the coast of Central America, just north of the line.
The largest of us, the Emperor penguins, as tall as some of the men-folk, dwell on the frozen shores of the great Antarctic continent. The smallest, the Little penguins, are to be seen only along the southern shores of sunny Australia.
The golden-crested penguins, of which I am one, inhabit the sub-Antarctic islands. These islands lie roughly midway between Antarctica and the great land masses to the north. At rare intervals stragglers from the sub-Antarctic islands have reached the shores of the Southern Ocean - from the coast of sunny Australia.
I landed upon the golden sands of Loutit Bay, on the southern coast of Victoria. My arrival caused something of a sensation; I afterwards heard that I was a source of amusement to the visitors there. During the last hundred and twenty-five years only four others of my family have been seen on Australian shores.
In this story I have told the tale of my adventures with the many curious creatures that I met; including the men-folk and the Killer whales of Twofold Bay.
Yours very truly, Billy Penguin
P.S. I think the drawings by Miss Dorothy Wall's pen very delightful."
White cover with blue text on front and spine. Black and white illustrations throughout by Dorothy Wall.
Book pages are in good condition with light foxing, particularly at the edges. Book cover has some dirt and wear.
There is a small inscription on the inside front page.