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Take a first look at this appealing northern bird—and follow one diligent pair as they nurture their new chick.
Everyone recognizes the puffin, with its black and white feathers and brightly colored bill. But how does the puffin live? What happens down in its burrow? And how do the male and female share the task of feeding and caring for their young? Discover the intriguing world of this charming bird in a collaboration that pairs Martin Jenkins’s engaging, informative text with the warm energy of Jenni Desmond’s illustrations. Filled with interesting facts, this delightful introduction to the puffin offers young ornithologists more details in the back matter.
About the Author
Martin Jenkins has written many acclaimed books for children, including the First Science Storybook series; The Emperor’s Egg, illustrated by Jane Chapman; and Can We Save the Tiger?, illustrated by Vicky White. Martin Jenkins lives in England, where he works as a conservation biologist.
Jenni Desmond is the author-illustrator of Albert’s Tree and the illustrator of On the Night of the Shooting Star by Amy Hest and Joy by Yasmeen Ismail, among many other books for children. Jenni Desmond lives in East London with her husband and their daughter.
Tracing part of the annual cycle of a favorite northern bird, a naturalist takes an avian couple from puffins to puffling parents. . . Desmond supplies fetching but realistically detailed views of Atlantic puffins flying, perched on a grassy hillside, and winging underwater. . . A fond first intro.
Conversational first-person narration enthusiastically presents a documentary-style introduction to puffins in this picture book.
Solid science in an entertaining package. . . . Readers will find an engaging, accessible narrative describing a puffin’s life cycle.
—The Horn Book
The beautiful watercolor, ink, and acrylic illustrations are a breath of fresh air, the shades of blue bringing seaside freshness to the page. The conversational tone of the text makes this fun and accessible, providing abundant information without being overwhelming. . . Highly recommended.