Booby Hatch

Booby Hatch

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by Betsy Lewin

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A delightful account in text and pictures of the life cycle of the blue-footed booby, a seabird that lives and breeds in the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador.


A delightful account in text and pictures of the life cycle of the blue-footed booby, a seabird that lives and breeds in the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador.

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"A lovely book that succeeds in every way."
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
PTpe is a young blue-footed booby, born on Hood Island in the Gal�pagos. He shares the beach with crabs, marine iguanas, sea lions and other creatures. We watch him grow from a helpless hatchling into a debonair, dancing adult. Beautiful watercolors depict the natural history of this unusual seabird, including the courtship dance, which shows off their brilliant, blue feet.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Lewin's story about Ppe, a blue-footed booby born on Hood Island, one of the Galpagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador, simplifies the species' life cycle so that young children can understand how the birds slowly grow and mature. Although the tone is more leisurely than dramatic, the narrative is totally satisfying as Ppe escapes predation by frigate birds, learns to fly, and joins a large flock to dive for a fish dinner. Eventually he has the urge to mate; he and a female exhibit courting behavior, a patterned dance where both display their large, blue feet. The actual mating is not pictured. The story ends as it began: ``And soon a little white egg will sit in a circle of stones, on a tiny island, in a vast blue sea.'' Lewin's watercolor landscapes are spare and evocative, encompassing plenty of sky, ocean, and bare rock, and offering glimpses of other Galpagos creatures, such as lava lizards, marine iguanas, sea lions, and the area's well-known Sally Lightfoot crabs and Darwin's finches. At times, the bird's crossed eyes give a humorous touch to the book, entirely in keeping with the intended audience's age; with an adult's help, children will also understand the title's pun. A lovely book that succeeds in every way.-Ellen Fader, Oregon State Library, Salem

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Product dimensions:
7.98(w) x 10.09(h) x 0.18(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Betsy Lewin has illustrated more than thirty books for children. Recognized for her lively style and whimsical, often comical characters, Betsy says she loves illustrating for children -- that it is how she can best express her love of drawing and sens of humor. Traveling extensively to research the subjects of her books. Betsy and her husband, Ted Lewin, also an illustrator, visit places around the world to observe animals in their natural habitat. Her book Chubbo's Pool was based on her personal encounters with a selfish hippo in Botswanan's Okavango Delta. While in Egypt, Betsy met a camel driver and his camel, who inspired her Clarion title, What's the Matter, Habibi? When they are not traveling, the Lewins live in Brooklyn, New York.

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Booby Hatch 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like Blue Footed Boobies. This book is good it tells about one named Pepe. He is a good bird who has adventures and gets married. I will buy it again because I liked it so much.