By Ted Lewin, Betsy Lewin
Photographed by Ted Lewin, Betsy Lewin
Every April, the Westman Islands off the coast of Iceland become home to hundreds of thousands of puffins, small black-and-white seabirds with colorful bills. They spend the summer on the rocky cliffs of the islands, caring for their newly hatched chicks. By the middle of August, it is time for the young puffins, called pufflings, to make their way to the sea. And that is when the children of The Puffling Patrol are called to action.
Ted and Betsy Lewin have journeyed to the Westman Islands to experience The Puffling Patrol’s endeavors firsthand. In the company of Erna, Dáni, and their father, they drive through town at night, carefully searching for confused little birds that have glided down onto the streets instead of out to sea. Will the children find the pufflings before the birds encounter danger? Will the pufflings ever make it to the sea to spend their lives with other puffins in the North Atlantic Ocean?
The fascinating story of this unique annual rescue, combined with Ted Lewin’s dramatic paintings and Betsy Lewin’s lively field sketches, is sure to make Puffling Patrol a hit with animal lovers of all ages.
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About the Creators
and his wife, Betsy, have been traveling the world together for decades and have chronicled many of their wide-ranging adventures in books for young readers. In addition to Puffling Patrol, their most recent collaborations were Balarama: A Royal Elephant and Horse Song: The Naadam of Mongolia, both published by Lee & Low Books.
Ted and Betsy have both won countless awards and honors for their books. Ted was awarded a Caldecott Medal Honor in 1994 for Peppe the Lamplighter. When not teaching, visiting with young fans, or traveling, the Lewins are usually drawing and painting in their Brooklyn, New York, home studios. You can visit Ted Lewin online at tedlewin.com
and her husband, Ted, have been traveling the world together for decades and have chronicled many of their wide-ranging adventures in books for young readers. In addition to Puffling Patrol, their most recent collaborations were Balarama: A Royal Elephant and Horse Song: The Naadam of Mongolia, both published by Lee & Low Books.
Ted and Betsy have both won countless awards and honors for their books. Betsy was the recipient of a Caldecott Medal Honor in 2001 for Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. When not teaching, visiting with young fans, or traveling, the Lewins are usually drawing and painting in their Brooklyn, New York, home studios. You can visit Betsy Lewin online at betsylewin.com
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Interest Level:Grades 1 - 6
Reading Level:Grades 4 - 5
Animal/Biodiversity/Plant Adaptations, Nature/Science, Nonfiction, Sharing & Giving, Responsibility, Multiethnic interest, Families, Evolution, Environment/Nature, Cultural diversity, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Animals, Empathy/Compassion, Exploring Ecosystems, How To, Human Impact On Environment/Environmental Sustainability , Informational Text, Optimism/Enthusiasm, Respect/Citizenship
Adventures Around the World Series, Environmental Collection, Fluent English, Fluent Dual Language , High-Low Books for Preteens (Grades 4-6), High-Low Books for Teens (Middle and High School) English Guided Reading Level R, English Informational Text Grades 3-6, Nonfiction Collection Grades 3-6, English Informational Text Middle School, Nonfiction Collection Middle School,