Lewin, Ted & Betsy Puffling Patrol 56 pgs. Lee & Low Books, 2012. $17.05. (Rating: G)
Puffins breed and raise their chicks on the Westman Islands, Iceland. Because of the nearby towns and their lights on at night, the fledglings get confused and fly into town. They can’t take off again, and must have help. That is where their children of the island come in. They look for the lost fledglings, help take care of them, and get them out to sea where they belong.
The washed out water color illustrations in this book were flat out drab. While there is set that truly appreciate the beauty of watercolor work –it’s certainly not today’s students. I don’t think that they will pick this up willingly. That being said, the story is interesting, well told, and includes just the right amount of information about the birds, their habitat, and their current conditions. Could be used in conjunction with a lesson on how students can help wildlife, birds & habitats, and even environmental conditions in this changing world.
ELEMENTARY–OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie School Librarian & Author.