Puffins

Overview

Bobbing on cold ocean waves with their brightly colored bills and white-and-black feathering, puffins might seem similar to parrots or penguins. But puffins are unique members of the family of seabirds known as auks. The three types of puffins—Atlantic, tufted, and horned puffins—all have short, stubby wings that are better suited for propelling them through the waters of the northern seas than flying over land. Although puffins travel to islands to nest, they are unlikely to be seen on the mainland or even ocean...

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Overview

Bobbing on cold ocean waves with their brightly colored bills and white-and-black feathering, puffins might seem similar to parrots or penguins. But puffins are unique members of the family of seabirds known as auks. The three types of puffins—Atlantic, tufted, and horned puffins—all have short, stubby wings that are better suited for propelling them through the waters of the northern seas than flying over land. Although puffins travel to islands to nest, they are unlikely to be seen on the mainland or even ocean coasts. Despite their minimal interaction with humankind, puffins are still threatened. Actions such as overfishing and pollution are hurting the puffin population. Learn more in this edition of Nature Watch.

Discusses the physical characteristics, life cycle, and ecology of Atlantic puffins, tufted puffins, and horned puffins.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
Susan Quinlan creates a lively and easy-to-follow overview of the bird that she has studied intensively. Seven short chapters include sections on puffin types and distribution around the world, characteristics, finding food, how puffins grow, and the effect of people on puffins. Close-up photographs help reinforce specific details, such as the puffin's ability to drink salt water and excrete the salt through glands above its eyes and its plucking of breast feathers to line a nest. A map, feather diagram, clear photographs, strong captions, index, and glossary help young researchers find information quickly. There are many recent books about puffins, but this one holds its own because of its readability, clear organization, and interesting graphics.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5--A solid introduction to this seabird. While the book provides standard information such as physical characteristics, habitat, life cycle, and ecology, it distinguishes itself by noting the particular differences among the Atlantic, tufted, and horned species. The author does a fine job of conveying her belief in the need for the conservation of this animal and its environment. The large, clear, full-color photographs with their informative captions add to the book's appeal and make it a good choice for recreational reading and reports.--Michele Snyder, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580139441
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Series: Nature Watch Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 746,709
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan E. Quinlan is the author of Puffins and the award-winning title Caribou for the Nature Watch Series.

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