A PUFFIN’S YEAR by Katherine Zecca


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Age Range: 7 - 10
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Who can resist puffins with their large eyes, upright posture and bright orange beaks? The clowns of the ocean, puffins spend most of their lives in the north Atlantic, coming ashore for only a few months of the year to breed and raise their chicks. In her first book for children, scientific illustrator Zecca describes and illustrates this process in clear simple language and invitingly detailed gouache-and-colored-pencil illustrations, each a double-page spread. Beginning with the moment when the puffin mates reconnect, she goes on to explain how they prepare their burrow, incubate their single egg and feed the puffling after it hatches until it can take off into the ocean on its own. In an afterword strikingly different in style and tone, Stephen Kress, the director of Project Puffin, reminds readers (or, more likely, the adults presenting the book) of the threat of ocean pollution and global warning and need to support conservation issues; describes his program of puffin restoration in general terms; and points readers to the project’s website. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10. Younger for reading aloud)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-89272-742-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Down East
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2007


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