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A Puffin's Year
Ages 5 to 8.
The Atlantic puffin may be the Northeast’s most colorful and unusual bird. Spending its life in the open ocean and breeding in underground burrows on only a handful of offshore islands, these “parrots of the sea” are a source of fascination for birders, tourists, and naturalists. Here, in wonderful color illustrations and entertaining, informative text, author/illustrator Katherine Zecca tells the story of the life cycle of one puffin family, showing children how and where puffins feed, how they raise their young (called “pufflings”), and how they defend themselves against the dreaded black-backed gull.
"A well-told story ... and the watercolor illustrations are picturesque." --School Library Journal
"Zecca gives her readers accurate, scientifically sound information about her subjects to stimulate broader interest in the natural world. Her illustrations are lively, sure to catch the reader’s imagination, expecially when the subject is such an exotic looking fellow." --Points East