It happens every year, in the spring. After months of living on the open sea, far away from land, puffins return to the rocky coast of Maine. These colorful birds come back to shore for only a short time, to mate and to raise their young.
Not too long ago, the arrival of spring brought fewer and fewer puffins back to Maine. So many birds had been hunted for their meat and feathers that the puffin was in danger of dying out.
In 1969, scientists from the National Audubon Society worked out a plan they hoped would insure the survival of Maine's puffin population. No one was certain the plan would work. It would involve many people and many puffins, and it would be years before anyone could say for sure if the project had been successful.
Today it seems clear that the plan has worked very well. Every year more and more puffins return to Maine in the spring. There's great excitement in the air when the call goes out -- The puffins are back!
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children 1991 (NSTA/CBC)
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Gail Gibbons, author of more than one hundred books, is the winner of the Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award for her overall contribution to children’s nonfiction literature. Called a “master of picture book nonfiction” by ALA Booklist, Ms. Gibbons has a special talent for making complex subjects understandable and entertaining for young readers.From School Library Journal:
Grade 1-3-- Scientists observe a puffin colony as the colorful birds return to spring nesting sites on an isolated island in Maine. The direct and simple writing style points out the uniqueness of these seabirds: their bright beaks during breeding season; the burrows that serve as nests for single eggs; the annual return to their birthplaces to hatch new chicks. Also included is basic information about the common puffin and the part National Audubon Society scientists have played since 1969 in its survival. Bright, full-page watercolors of the colony reflect island topography and surrounding seascapes. Smaller illustrations capture the birds' expressive profiles as though recorded in close-up snapshots. An appealing book that presents the role of naturalists, and one that works as a companion to Gibbons's Beacons of Light: Lighthouse (Morrow, 1990) for a study of New England coastal environments. --Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Glen Rock, NJ
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1991. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060216042