Puffling Patrol

By Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Using text, field sketches, and full-page watercolor illustrations, husband and wife team Ted and Betsy Lewin detail their visit to the island of Heimaey (off the coast of Iceland). The clear writing and measured tone help make this exotic event accessible for children who have no prior knowledge of this locale or annual event. Kids will also appreciate the child-hero aspect of the tale, and animal lovers will particularly enjoy following the details of the puffling rescue and release process. . . . The field sketches (done in pen and ink and watercolor) are wonderfully vigorous and expressive with just a minimum of detail. . . . End matter includes additional facts about puffins and the island, a bibliography, and a helpful glossary and pronunciation guide.