Good Morning, everyone! I hope you all had excellent weekends! In case you’re dragging a little at the thought of Monday-after-the-Olympics-are-over, I have a special treat for you 🙂
It just so happens that today is my mom’s birthday! To celebrate, we shall have cake! Of course I can’t use pictures from google images anymore, and I don’t have a photo of the actual cake at this writing because I haven’t baked it yet, so you will have to use your imaginations just a little…
Please help yourself to as much as you like – it can be any flavor you want 🙂
Not only do I have cake for you, but a few weeks ago, maybe because of Perfect Picture Books, I got an email from Lee & Low Books. Would I like to review a new book from Ted and Betsy Lewin? But of course I would! I’m afraid I’m not as familiar with Ted’s work, although of course I’ve heard of him, but I think we all know Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type illustrated by Betsy! 🙂
So here’s a little peek at their new book, which came out this spring but is of special interest now because of the topic – the rescue of pufflings as they head for the sea each August.
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Written & Illustrated by: Ted & Betsy Lewin
Published by: Lee & Low Books, March 2012
Recommended for: grades 2-4/ages 7-10
Theme/Topic: puffling rescue off the coast of Iceland, nature, caring for wild animals in need, kindness
Opening: “It is the end of August. Soon the adult puffins will be gone to spend the winter in the cold northern seas. The pufflings in the dark burrows will then be on their own.”
In April, hundreds of thousands of puffins flock to the Westman Islands off the coast of Iceland. They nest in the cliffs, digging burrows into the soil where they lay their eggs, then hatch and raise their chicks, called pufflings. By August, the babies are ready to leave the burrows and head out to sea, but some of them become confused by the lights of the town and land in the streets instead. Puffins are too chunky to take off without wind and space, so if the babies land in town they can’t get back to sea by themselves – they need help. The children of the Puffling Patrol search the streets, finding the frightened babies, placing them in cardboard boxes in their homes overnight, and returning them to the ocean in the morning.
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This story is about Ted and Betsy’s experience visiting the Westman Islands and witnessing the puffling patrol firsthand.
|rescued pufflings safe in a cardboard box
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The book is full of interesting information about the birds, their habitat, and the annual patrol that keeps the pufflings safe. Some of the paintings are whimsical, very reminiscent of the style of Click Clack Moo. Others are beautiful watercolors showing the wild, rocky terrain and the wide sky, so lovely you can almost feel the wind. The book is heavy on text, so perhaps not the best choice for very young listeners or those with limited attention spans, but excellent for readers interested in animals and the natural world. It would be a nice addition to elementary school study of migration, wild birds, animal rescue, or nature, and an interesting read for children interested in these subjects. In addition to the story, there is a nice introduction which explains where and why the story takes place, and several pages of facts at the end about Atlantic Puffins, the volcano of 1973 which formed part of the island, and puffins today, along with a bibliography, a glossary, and a pronunciation guide. I think this book would make a lovely addition to any school or home library.
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Lee & Low was kind enough to send me a hardcover review copy, which, now that I’ve reviewed I have permission to give away to one lucky reader! If you would like it, please leave a comment below saying why you’re interested or who you’d like it for. Random.org will be responsible for picking a winner Thursday evening (August 16) so please leave your comment before then!
Enjoy your cake 🙂 and tune in Wednesday for Would You Read It – the July pitch pick and Sharron with the 53rd pitch as we swing into year 2! And now, I’m off to Pennsylvania with a banjo on my knee 🙂