By Children's Literature
This is a book for older readers or for reading aloud, as it has rich vocabulary and many references to scientific terms and Icelandic culture. The pictures are lush watercolors with pen and ink, sometimes sketched to create a mood and other times highly detailed to provide information about the birds or the environment. A map of the island serves as a preface to the story, and end pages include facts about puffins and their life cycle. There is also information about how the island itself was affected by a volcano in 1973. Notes include web sites and reference books for further reading, and a glossary and punctuation guide.
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